Invisalign is here to create smiles in more relative comfort than traditional braces, and in order for them to do that, they need to be good at positioning your teeth. There are a number of bite issues that can be solved by Invisalign which may even help your mouth function, as well as your comfort levels. As we’re well away of the cosmetic benefits of Invisalign, but are there bite benefits too?
The bite problems that Invisalign braces fix
An underbite is characterised by your lower jaw and lower row of teeth out past your upper row of teeth, creating an imbalance appearance and prominent chin. Because your upper row sits further away from your lower, it could rob the upper row of teeth of their function which will cause problems. You could also experience discomfort and stiffness in your lower jaw and joints because of the stress placed on your teeth in this unnatural position.
A deep bite sees your upper row of teeth on top of your lower teeth when at rest. This kind of misalignment can place a lot of pressure on your lower teeth, grinding them down and even pushing them backwards further out of alignment. A deep bite can also lead to joint discomfort because of the constant pressure and tension pushing down on your lower face.
An open bite is seen when you close your mouth or bite down and your back teeth close together, but your front teeth don’t meet in the same way. They can cause speech impediments and lead to the development of (TMJ) in severe cases. TMJ occurs when something stops your jaw from working properly and often results in pain the neck, shoulders, temples and jaw.
Gapped teeth aren’t necessarily a bite issue, but they do leave the window of opportunity open for some worrying dental diseases. Gapped teeth leave gums and tooth surfaces exposed when they should in fact by covered, for example, which leads to an increased risk of gum disease and cavities. Closing the gaps helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but it does undeniably their cosmetic appearance too.
Overly crowded teeth are another common dental issue that may not technically be a bite issue, but they can affect your jaw and dental health too. Overcrowded teeth create a lot of uneven surfaces that are difficult to clean and therefore are more than capable of harbouring plaque build-up.
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