5 Smile Flaws You Didn't Know Invisalign® Could Correct

Here’s an interesting historical fact: Archaeologists have found ancient mummies with wire or catgut wrapped around individual teeth to keep them straight or move them into different positions. It’s pretty amazing that even thousands of years ago, our ancient forebears were practicing their own kind of orthodontics and smile enhancement!

Your front teeth are supposed to overlap your bottom teeth, but when they protrude beyond a certain point, it’s called an overbite. Did you know that around 20% of the American population have an overbite that needs orthodontic correction?

If you have an overbite, why not make an appointment with us here at Smashing Smiles Orthodontics? Dr. Allena Willis can thoroughly assess your bite and discuss any possible treatment options for you to correct that smile.

Are braces just for kids and teenagers?

You may have missed out on orthodontic treatment when you were younger and have misaligned teeth or an overbite that needs attention. The good news is, Invisalign® and braces aren’t just for the young ones. In fact, lots of adults are eligible for Invisalign treatment and are happy with the results.

The benefits of wearing Invisalign over the old metal braces are:

It’s all in your smile

Your smile is important to you. Here at Smashing Smiles Orthodontics, we get that! We smile when we’re in social settings, when we’re talking to someone, and when we’re getting to know someone new. The smile is a really important part of how we interact and communicate.

Unfortunately, lots of people don’t want to smile at all. They may have a significant overbite that sticks out, teeth that are not straight, and big gaps between teeth. All of these things can cause any person to feel self-conscious.

So, what are some surprising facts about Invisalign? In what ways can they really fix your smile and make you feel good about yourself again?

1. Fix that overbite

When the front teeth overlap the bottom teeth by a significant margin and they protrude, they need to be moved back with the help of orthodontic treatment. When a person smiles with a large overbite, the top teeth often stick out, sometimes even when the lips are closed.

Invisalign works by gradually moving the teeth back into a more normalized position and correcting the overbite. This leads to a more aesthetically pleasing smile and greater levels of confidence.

2. Don’t forget the underbite

Though most people have an overbite, every now and then an underbite will happen. This is when the bottom row of teeth protrude beyond the top row of teeth.

It can be uncomfortable, cause jaw pain and headaches, and can make people feel bad about themselves. Depending on how severe your underbite is, Invisalign can fix it.

3. No more gaps

Gaps between teeth in young kids can look cute, but as they get older, it can become a problem. It’s the sort of gappy smile that can make a person feel embarrassed to show their teeth, especially when food debris becomes stuck. Invisalign is great at closing these gaps.

4. No more crooked teeth

If some of your teeth are looking crowded and have twisted out of their normal position, it can make a smile look less than ideal. Invisalign is excellent at straightening out these crooked and misaligned teeth.

5. Fix the crossbite

We know about overbites and underbites, but what is a crossbite? A crossbite is when some of the upper teeth sit behind the lower teeth. This can cause pain in the jaw, gum disease, and a smile that just seems out of alignment. Just as with the underbite, Invisalign can fix some types of crossbite.

A good reason to smile

Here at Smashing Smiles Orthodontics, we totally understand how important your smile is to you. If you’re too embarrassed to smile because you have gappy, crooked, protruding, or twisted teeth, it’s time to talk to Dr. Allena Willis. Make an appointment today through our online booking portal.

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