Can Invisalign Fix Protruding Teeth?
Invisalign is often thought to be the perfect solution for fixing crooked teeth. But what about teeth that stick out too much? Can Invisalign fix protruding teeth?
The answer is yes, in most cases. If you are considering using Invisalign for protruding teeth, keep reading to learn more about how it works and what you can expect.
Common causes of protruding teeth
Also known as an ‘overbite’, protruding teeth occur when your upper teeth sit too far forward in comparison to your lower teeth. This issue can emerge in childhood, adolescence, or even during adulthood. Here are some of the common causes:
- Genetics — Like other physical features, your jaw shape can be passed down through generations. If your parents or grandparents had protruding teeth, you may be more likely to have them as well.
- Childhood habits — Thumb-sucking and pacifier use in childhood, known as non-nutritive sucking behaviours (NNSB), can lead to protruding teeth. Tongue-thrusting, when the tongue presses too far forward in the mouth, is also a cause.
- Spaced or crowded teeth — Missing teeth, extra teeth, and impacted teeth can all change the alignment of your front teeth over time, causing them to protrude.
- Tumours and cysts — Persistent swelling or a growth in the mouth or jaw can cause your teeth to shift position and push forward.
Treating protruding teeth with Invisalign
There are a few reasons why someone might want to consider correcting their protruding teeth. It can improve the appearance of your smile, and also help with chewing and speaking. If you’re fed up with feeling self-conscious about your protruding teeth, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there is a treatment option available that can help: Invisalign.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to apply precise pressure over time in order to gradually straighten teeth. You can expect to wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks before moving on to the next. This process is repeated until your teeth are no longer protruding, and in most cases, treatment takes between 6 and 18 months.
Unlike traditional braces, you can remove your Invisalign aligners to eat, brush, and floss, which means there is no need to change your daily routine. Because they’re made from smooth plastic, they are much more comfortable than metal braces, and their clear and discreet aesthetic makes them virtually undetectable.
Can Invisalign fix protruding teeth?
Invisalign can be a great option for fixing protruding teeth, but it depends on the root cause. If your protruding teeth are caused by ‘dental’ factors, such as crowded teeth or childhood thumb-sucking, Invisalign can be highly effective. These issues do not typically involve your jaw or bone structure, but the angle at which your teeth sit in your gyms.
If the cause of your protruding teeth is ‘skeletal’ — for example, you have an uneven jaw or a small upper or lower jaw — or your case is especially complex, your dentist or orthodontist might suggest a combination of surgical and orthodontic treatments. For example, this might include surgery followed by Invisalign in order to correct your teeth.
No matter the underlying cause, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Protruding teeth can cause a number of problems, including bite problems, gum disease, and tooth decay. If left untreated, these issues can lead to more serious dental conditions down the road.
Fix your protruding teeth with Invisalign at iSmileStudio
If you are looking for a discrete and convenient way to fix protruding teeth, Invisalign may be right for you. Take your first steps towards the smile you have always wanted and schedule a free consultation with our clinical expert at iSmile Studio today. If you have any questions about protruding teeth or Invisalign, get in touch with our friendly team.