What orthodontic problems can Lingual Braces treat?
Lingual braces treat orthodontic problems, including overcrowding, gaps, misalignment, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Placed discreetly on the inner side of the teeth, they provide effective solutions for achieving a straight and harmonious smile.
Crossbite refers to a malocclusion where the upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This misalignment can impact single or multiple teeth, affecting the front, back, or both areas. Crossbites can lead to the following issues:
- When the teeth have premature wear
- Asymmetrical jaw development
Open Bite Malocclusion
This malocclusion arises when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, resulting in a lack of contact between them when the mouth is closed. If left untreated, this condition can lead to the following complications:
- Premature wear of the molars.
An overbite is a malocclusion where the upper teeth overlap the lower ones. In severe cases, it can lead to an asymmetrical eruption of the front and lower teeth and impact the development of the supporting bone. The following issues can arise from an overbite:
- The lower front part biting onto the gum tissue could lead to periodontal problems.
- Unusual wear of the lower part of the mouth.
An underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth, resulting in the lower front teeth biting ahead of the upper teeth when the mouth is closed. Often, this issue stems from the jaw being excessively forward. Causes include flared lower incisors, tipped-back incisors, a missing upper portion, or a combination of these factors. It is crucial to address underbites promptly due to the following reasons:
- Your smile is less attractive.
- It prevents the correct functions of the mouth.
- It can cause jaw-joint dysfunction.
Gaps in teeth, Diastema
Diastema, or tooth gaps, refers to visible spaces between two or more teeth, often found between the front incisors. In cases where the gap is minor and not accompanied by bite misalignment or other complications, Invisalign can effectively treat it. Invisalign Express is designed explicitly for minor dental issues involving a few teeth. Dentists may combine Invisalign with elastics or attachments for more complex cases, discreet and tooth-colored devices that facilitate precise tooth movement. To ensure your dentist’s expertise in Invisalign treatment, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) suggests requesting before and after photos, references, and evidence of ongoing education before treatment.