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Crowded Teeth: Am I a candidate for Invisalign

There are several reasons why a patient might seek Invisalign treatment from a dentist. Invisalign treatment is typically used to straighten and correct teeth that otherwise appear crooked or crowded in the mouth.

Traditional orthodontics, where a dentist uses wires and brackets to straighten teeth, are still popular but can come with drawbacks. They are easily damaged; they are unsightly, and they prevent the consumption of certain foods, to name but three.

Traditional braces also involve regular dentist visits for continued adjustments to the braces, which is perhaps not always convenient. Invisalign, on the other hand, negates each of these drawbacks. They are transparent, and so are barely noticeable in the mouth; the can be removed while eating or cleaning; and aside from the initial fitting, there is little need to visit the dentist quite so often, aside from progress check-ups.


Crowding of the teeth can lead to biting anomalies, such as overbites, and can also render teeth more prone to gum disease by making cleaning more difficult.


Crowding of the teeth can lead to biting anomalies, such as overbites, and can also render teeth more prone to gum disease by making cleaning more difficult.

Overcrowded teeth occur simply because there is a lack of sufficient space within the patient’s jaw to accommodate all of the teeth normally. Teeth may overlap others, or may appear crooked as a result of the overcrowding.

Crowding of the teeth can lead to biting anomalies, such as overbites, and can also render teeth more prone to gum disease by making cleaning more difficult. An uncorrected bite can also lead to abnormal wear and tear of the teeth’s enamel, and potentially damage the jawbone and associated soft tissues that lend support the teeth.

With Invisalign, a dentist can fashion a series of treatments specifically to remedy crowded teeth. After initial impressions are taken, a dentist creates a treatment program that involves a number of transparent mouth guards, each of which will work gently to realign specific teeth over a period of time, helping to ease the crowing of teeth.

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