7 Ways Invisalign Helps – Besides a Beautiful Smile

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Invisalign can definitely help transform the smile you like (or don’t like) into one you love. But did you know that Invisalign will also fix quite a few dental issues? It does. Besides cosmetically enhancing the look of your smile, Invisalign can correct your bite and improve the function of your teeth. It can even help stop your teeth grinding!

Woman taking selfie to show off teethCompared to traditional braces, Invisalign will make your journey to straighter teeth much less invasive than traditional braces. These clear aligners work their magic nearly invisibly and much more comfortably than metal braces; i.e., you can eat what you want (when you want) and you can take them out for any photo moments.

Take a look at some of the common dental and orthodontic problems Invisalign can fix!

7 Dental Issues Invisalign Can Fix

  1. Teeth Grinding– Invisalign aligners may actually help fix the underlying causes of your teeth grinding. Besides adjusting your bite, Invisalign can also help deprogram the mouth and jaw muscles used to grind your teeth. Some patients visit with us looking for a night guard to stop their teeth grinding, only to discover that Invisalign could remedy their grinding AND also beautify their smile!
  2. Overbite – This occurs when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth. Most people have a little overbite, but when it’s too large this can cause problems like the enamel of your teeth wearing down more quickly, or on-going jaw pain, like TMJ disorder.
  3. Underbite – When you close your mouth and your lower teeth are in front of your upper teeth, you have an underbite. In most cases, an underbite is caused because your lower jaw is too far forward. Problem? Having an underbite makes it harder to chew properly, it can interfere with your speech and may also cause your teeth to wear down more quickly.
  4. Crossbite – This occurs when you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth, instead of on the outside, which is where they would normally sit. Having a crossbite can cause your teeth to chip and wear down, as well as cause your gums to recede, which can lead to more serious gum problems.
  5. Gap Teeth – This happens when you have extra space between two or more of your teeth, like your front teeth. Having these gaps between your teeth creates pockets where food gets trapped, leading to possible gum disease and tooth decay issues, like cavities.
  6. Open Bite – When you close your mouth and your lower and upper teeth don’t touch, this is referred to as an open bite, which can interfere in your ability to chew or bite into certain foods. It can also impede your speech.
  7. Crowded Teeth – When your teeth shift, it’s because there’s not enough space in your jaw to fit them. As a result, some teeth will crowd into the space of neighboring teeth, overlapping them, and lead to crooked teeth. Overcrowding may lead to various dental issues like teeth cracking, gum disease and cavities because it’s easier for plaque to build up without being brushed away.

Learn More – Ask for a Free Invisalign Consult

Whether you want to cosmetically transform your smile or you need to address some orthodontic problems, Invisalign is a comfortable alternative to metal braces. If you’d like to learn more about how Invisalign can work for you, call (206) 524-1000 or contact us online. And be sure to mention that you’d like the free consultation!

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