Common Treatments

The Invisalign system used by Sacramento Dentistry can treat most of the common orthodontic problems faced by patients. The result is significant improvement in the quality of the smile and benefits to the future health of the teeth, gums and jaw. With Invisalign’s digital technology, Sacramento Dentistry can provide a “before and after” view of your teeth to help you decide if the benefits of the process are right for you.

Typical Conditions Cured by Invisalign

Crowded Teeth

The same teeth after Invisalign treatment.

The same teeth after Invisalign treatment.

A typical example of crowded teeth before Invisalign treatment.

Crowded teeth before Invisalign treatment.

This is an increasingly common circumstance as jawbones genetically shift to smaller sizes. There simply is not enough space in the mouth for a full set of teeth. These problems tend to get worse over time and never better. Teeth can be twisted or tilted so that they serve little purpose other than to harbor plaque, gum disease and tooth decay. It is typically the most unsightly of the various conditions and likely to create serious dental issues later in life. Treatment may involve the removal of one or more teeth in addition to the use of Invisalign.

Overbite

Overbite before Invisalign treatment.

Overbite before Invisalign treatment.

The same teeth after Invisalign treatment.

The same teeth after Invisalign treatment.

Overbite is caused when the upper teeth overlap or extend past the lower teeth. They may simply “bite over” the lower teeth, or they may protrude past them (commonly called “buck teeth”). In severe cases, overbite allows the lower teeth to contact the roof of the mouth, leading to severe disorders and pain. It can make chewing painful, lead to excess tooth wear, especially on the inside of the upper front teeth, and is a common cause of oral trauma in sports.

Crossbite

When the lower jaw and upper jaw do not line up properly, crossbite occurs. The amount of deviation can be measured by comparing the middle line of the upper front teeth to the middle line of the lower front teeth. A significant difference causes abnormal wear patterns where upper and lower teeth fail to meet properly. Tooth chipping and bone loss are also potential problems. Crossbite can also be a precursor to developing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Underbite

An illustration of underbite treatable with Invisalign.

An illustration of underbite treatable with Invisalign.

An uncommon problem compared to typical malocclusions, underbite is usually caused by a small upper jaw or a larger than normal lower jaw. Besides abnormal tooth wear, underbite is another malocclusion that commonly leads to TMJ. If the underbite is severe, surgical treatment may be required in addition to the use of Invisalign.

Spaced Teeth

Teeth with very large spaces between them.

Teeth with very large spaces between them.

The same teeth after Invisalign treatment.

The same teeth after Invisalign treatment.

Abnormal growth of the jawbone, unusually small teeth or the loss of a tooth can lead to large gaps between the teeth. This can lead to gum problems and periodontal disease if the gaps are not cleaned correctly. While the gums protect the teeth, the reverse is also true and large spaces between teeth are a common entry point for bacteria. Most people correct this problem simply because they want a more pleasing smile.

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