Why You Might Need Clear Aligners

March 22, 2022 Jeffrey T. Baker, DDS PC

Usually, people only think orthodontic treatment is an option during adolescence. However, people with misaligned teeth can benefit from clear aligners at any age. Misaligned teeth affect both your self-confidence and oral health the longer your teeth remain crooked. Fortunately, our Shelby Township, MI, Invisalign® dentists can help you turn your smile around.

Clear Aligners In Shelby Township, Mi

Here are 5 conditions that can be fixed by wearing clear aligners.

Our Dentists Can Use Invisalign to Correct:

1. Overcrowding

If your teeth are overcrowded, it can be increasingly difficult to properly clean them. It’s harder to floss between your teeth and brush their whole surface while they’re scrunched up against each other.

Invisalign aligners enable our dentists to straighten your smile and even out the spacing between your teeth. Correcting tooth misalignment issues helps prevent gum disease and plaque buildup by better enabling you to clean your teeth.

2. Gaps Between Teeth

Similar to overcrowding, large gaps between teeth can also cause oral health problems. Food particles can stick to larger open spaces along the gumline which can cause gum disease, bad breath, and other problems.

Additionally, closing gaps in your smile is a cosmetic solution. Gaps between teeth can make someone reluctant to smile and be the cause of low self-confidence. However, this doesn’t have to be the case with Invisalign clear aligners.

3. Overbites

You may have an overbite if your bottom teeth sometimes bite into the roof of your mouth or completely disappear with your bite. Most often, overbites are genetic but can also be caused by certain childhood habits like prolonged thumbsucking or pacifier use.

An overbite can damage your teeth and gums over time if left untreated. Although it’s easier to treat an overbite while the jaw is still growing, our dentists can use aligners to fix your bite and improve the appearance of your smile at any age.

4. Crossbites

Crossbites often involve the lower teeth overlapping with the top front teeth when an individual smiles. If left untreated, a crossbite can increase your risk of fracturing or wearing teeth and increase your rate of tartar build up. If you think you have a crossbite, schedule an appointment with our Shelby Township, MI, dental office soon rather than later to prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.

5. Open Bites

If there is a noticeable gap between your upper and lower teeth, you may have an open bite. People with open bites are likely to have difficulty eating and talking as the teeth don’t often meet when the mouth is closed.

An open bite may be caused by a habit of tongue-thrusting which can be treated to prevent the bite from getting worse. Our dentists will want to perform an oral exam and possibly take dental X-rays to fully assess the severity of your bite issue. If it is too extensive for clear aligners, we may refer you to a local orthodontist.

Request an Appointment Today

Our Invisalign dentists in Shelby Township, MI, can help you straighten your teeth with clear aligners. To request an appointment, call the dental office of Jeffrey T. Baker DDS PC at (586) 992-9222. We want to help you regain confidence in your smile and not hesitate to show it off to the whole world.

This blog post has been updated.

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