July 17, 2019
According to Dr. Jaqueline Fulop-Goodling, an estimated 2.5 million patients are using Invisalign worldwide. This invisible alternative to braces can fix issues ranging from crooked teeth to improper bite. As many patients enjoy they flexibility of Invisalign, some have begun to wonder if they can fix their smile by treating only one arch of teeth. In this post, your dentist will explain if you can use Invisalign near Friendswood for only your top teeth.
What Can Invisalign Fix?
The following issues are commonly treated by Invisalign:
- Crooked teeth
- Overbite, Underbite and Crossbite
- Gaps in your teeth
- Crowded teeth
- An open bite
Who is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
The list above covers the conditions that are optimal for Invisalign treatment, but those with severe cases may need to use traditional braces. Older teens and adults will benefit best from Invisalign treatment because their teeth have stopped growing. Because Invisalign is removable, you need enough self-discipline to wear the aligners for the recommended 20-22 hours per day. Those with active gum disease or cavities need to be treated prior to moving forward with Invisalign.
Can I Just Get Invisalign on the Top Teeth?
You might believe that your bottom teeth are straight enough and don’t require orthodontic treatment. Or maybe you’re worried about cost and simply want to fix the more noticeable top row of teeth. This treatment is referred to as ‘single arch treatment’ and is becoming an increasingly popular request in dental offices. However, single arch treatment is usually discouraged by dentists and only used in rare cases.
Your two teeth arches depend on each other to form your bite. Single arch treatment can disrupt this relationship and actually leave your mouth worse than it was before. Your bite can be negatively affected, damaging your ability to chew and making your teeth more susceptible to harm.
It’s understandable to see single arch treatment as a simpler option. However, there are numerous variables that determine if the treatment is even feasible. If you’d like to see if single arch treatment is possible for you, contact your dentist to determine if you qualify for it.
About the Author
At Ridgefield Perfect Smile Center, Dr. Dana Jones greatly values patient education. He himself is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest dental innovations by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars. Dr. Jones was voted Best Dentist in a Fairfield County Weekly poll and won Dentist of the Year at the Mrs. Globe Pageant in 2008. If you have further questions about Invisalign, he can be reached through his website or at 203-438-8919.
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