Invisalign® for Special Cases: Complex Orthodontic Issues and Solutions

Invisalign® clear aligners are a subtle and convenient way to address crowding and crooked teeth. But like any orthodontic treatment, they’re not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. If you represent a complex orthodontic case, your dentist might recommend other orthodontic treatments instead of or in tandem with Invisalign retainers. Here’s what to know.

What is Invisalign Treatment Best For?

Invisalign removable aligners are generally used for mild to moderate teeth straightening cases, although their suitability depends on many factors – ranging from your specific bite through to your lifestyle and ability to consistently commit to wearing your transparent aligners throughout your treatment. In general, Invisalign “Express” is used for milder cases, while the longer-term, more involved Invisalign “Comprehensive” is used for more complex ones.

Invisalign clear braces have been effectively used to address bite issues including:

  • Overbite – where the upper jaw or teeth severely overlap the lower teeth
  • Underbite – where the lower jaw or teeth severely overlap the upper teeth
  • Crossbite – where the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth
  • Spacing – where too much space sows between teeth
  • Open bite – where there is a “gap” between upper and lower teeth even when the jaw is closed
  • Crowding – where teeth are uneven because they are too closely spaced
  • Deep bite – where upper teeth overlap lower teeth too deeply
  • Narrow arch – where the arch of the mouth is too narrow

As you can see, Invisalign is a versatile orthodontic solution with many applications. Because all cases are different, your dental professional will advise about suitability and other possible solutions. 

Invisalign in Tandem with Other Solutions

Invisalign is a versatile orthodontic treatment solution. In addition to straightening teeth, this effective dental appliance can help address dental crowding that may be a contributing factor to an overbite or underbite. However, in some cases, an orthodontist may recommend Invisalign in tandem with other solutions, such as traditional metal braces, palate expanders, tooth extraction or jaw surgery. Some patients may not be candidates for Invisalign straightening.

Talk to Optimal Dental Center about your Teeth Straightening Options

Considering Invisalign treatment in Fairfax, VA? Talk to the friendly team at Optimal Dental Center. As experts in dental correction, we’ll assess your case and help you decide whether Invisalign invisible braces are the most effective way to achieve the smile of your dreams!