One of the best advancements in dental technology in recent decades has been the system of orthodontics that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. Invisalign® is the most popular of these types of orthodontic systems. While they work for many people, straightening teeth with this type of system does not work for everyone.
Instances That Need Alternative Orthodontic Systems
Although there are many bite problems that Invisalign can solve, there are also issues that this system cannot address.
- Severe Overbite – Individuals with a severe overbite may need to use traditional braces in order for the situation to be resolved. Although Invisalign can address a regular overbite, when it is severe, more extensive treatment is needed.
- Prior dental work – Patients with dental bridges and other such dental work may not qualify for treatment with Invisalign.
- Tooth shape – Certain tooth shapes can prevent proper treatment with Invisalign. Teeth that are too short or peg-shaped may not allow Invisalign to work properly.
- Tooth position – Invisalign can be used to straighten out some problems with tooth position, but when the teeth are severely rotated, this method will not shift them into the correct alignment.
- Large Gaps – When there are small gaps between teeth, Invisalign can be used to close them. If the gaps are too large, another method will be needed to close them.
A thorough examination of the teeth and bite will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Depending on the problem, traditional braces may be needed to correct the bite.
When Traditional Braces Are the Best Choice
Some individuals may have a tooth or teeth that need to be raised to match the height of the other teeth. Invisalign aligners cannot solve problems of extrusion or intrusion. When this is the case, traditional braces are required.
There are some conditions in which orthodontic treatment may be advisable before a child reaches the teen years. Early intervention with traditional orthodontics may offset more severe problems later. In some situations, when the problem is identified early, the child may be able to be treated in less time.
Contact the specialists at Broad Street Braces when you need answers to your questions about the correct orthodontic treatment for you or your child. Call today to schedule your consultation appointment.