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Can Invisalign Be Used to Treat Severe Malocclusion?

graphic illustration of 3 dental arches with teeth meeting at a "malocclusion meeting"

Invisalign® clear aligners are renowned for correcting various orthodontic issues, including overbites and underbites. Invisalign, a series of clear, removable aligners, offers a convenient and inconspicuous way to address malocclusion, even in severe cases.

Understanding Severe Malocclusion

Severe malocclusion refers to complex misalignments of the teeth and jaws, encompassing overbites, underbites, crossbites, and significant crowding or spacing problems. These conditions affect both appearance and oral health, leading to discomfort, chewing difficulties, and potential speech impediments.

Treatment of Malocclusion with Invisalign

Invisalign, consisting of custom-designed clear, removable aligners, effectively treats malocclusion by gradually shifting teeth into their desired positions. It has demonstrated remarkable success in resolving less complex orthodontic issues.

Treatment of Severe Malocclusion with Invisalign

The effectiveness of Invisalign in treating severe malocclusion depends on the specific case. For milder malocclusions, Invisalign is often suitable. However, more complex cases may initially require traditional braces or alternative orthodontic approaches to achieve significant teeth and jaw adjustments. Key considerations include:

  • Case Complexity: The complexity of the malocclusion influences the suitability of Invisalign. While Invisalign can handle various misalignment degrees, severe cases may necessitate a comprehensive approach.
  • Patient Compliance: Successful Invisalign treatment relies heavily on patient compliance. Aligners should be worn for 20-22 hours daily, only removed for eating and oral hygiene. In complex cases, inconsistent wear may slow treatment progress.

Discover If Invisalign Is Right for You at CarolinasDentist

If you have severe malocclusion, Invisalign may offer a solution. In some instances, a hybrid approach involving Invisalign and other orthodontic or restorative services might be optimal. CarolinasDentist’s team can assess your case and help determine the most suitable treatment. Contact us to schedule a consultation!

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