What Orthodontic Problems Can Invisalign Fix?

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What Tooth Conditions Can Your Orthodontist Fix Using Invisalign Clear Aligners?

In the hands of an experienced Orthodontist, Invisalign treatment can change your smile dramatically. People are often confused about what Invisalign can and cannot fix when they go for orthodontic treatment.

An Orthodontist uses Invisalign clear aligners as a tool to guide your teeth into ideal position for the health of your teeth, gums, and overall bite.

The Invisalign clear aligners are printed to the exact specifications of the doctor prescribing treatment, accurate to the millimeter. There are so many conditions that Invisalign treatment can help correct.

Here Are Examples of Orthodontic Conditions Invisalign Can Correct

Invisalign can treat the following problems in some individuals, depending on how severe they are:

Crooked Teeth

Invisalign is commonly used to treat crooked teeth and straighten smiles in patients. It can align your teeth, giving you a cleaner smile.


When the teeth on top close too far in front of the lower teeth, it is called an overbite. It can cause difficulty in chewing and biting certain food items. Invisalign can move the teeth so that the bottom and top teeth align when an individual closes their mouth.


An underbite is the opposite of an overbite. It is when the bottom line of teeth is in front of the upper line. An underbite can weaken your teeth and lead to speech difficulties. Invisalign can help move back the lower teeth so that they are behind the front teeth. In some cases, dentists will combine braces with Invisalign to treat the condition. Severe cases of underbite, however, cannot typically be treated by only using Invisalign. Meeting with your orthodontist to figure out the best solution for your underbite is the best way to create an action plan.


A crossbite occurs when some of your upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth instead of outside. This condition can cause chipping in your teeth and receding of your gums. Invisalign can, in some cases, position the teeth correctly.

Gaps in Teeth

Gaps in two or more teeth lead to spacing issues. This excess space can cause food to get caught between the gums and teeth, causing gum disease and pain. Invisalign can help close this gap between teeth to create a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. However, there may be certain limitations depending on how much space requires closing.

Open Bite

When the upper and lower teeth don’t meet, it is called an open bite. Invisalign helps fix an open bite. It moves the two sections of teeth into position so that they close properly.

Crowded Teeth

Your teeth will overlap and twist when there isn’t enough space in your jaw to accommodate all your teeth. This is known as crowding. This reduced space between your teeth causes food to get stuck, tartar, and plaque to build up, ultimately leading to gum disease and tooth decay. Invisalign can be used to treat some cases of crowding. But whether this treatment will be effective will depend on how complex and severe the problem is.

What Can Invisalign Not Fix?

There are many clear aligner challenges a trained and experienced Orthodontist can overcome as Invisalign can help solve a majority of dental issues, however, there are certain conditions that can affect Invisalign’s effectiveness. These are:

Severe Premolar Rotation

Occasionally the angle of rotation of a person’s premolar teeth can make it difficult for Invisalign clear aligners to grip effectively, in which case our doctors are able to use extra attachments or therapies to aid in correct movement. 

Patient Compliance

Invisalign treatment depends on the person wearing the clear aligners to be devoted to wearing them close to 22 hours each day. It is surprisingly easy to adjust to the feeling after getting used to them. Our doctors do not see issues with patient compliance often and believe all ages can be very successful using clear aligner therapy.

Other Tooth Conditions an Experienced Orthodontist Can Overcome

While Invisalign may help solve many dental issues, there are certain problems that it cannot fix. Some of these are:

  • The Shape Of Your Tooth
  • Position Of Your Tooth
  • Severe Gaps Between Teeth
  • Extrusion and Intrusion
  • Midline Movements
  • Issues With Previous Dental Work Done

In Conclusion

With Invisalign coming a long way with technological developments and high experience among orthodontists, limitations are reducing. 

If you want to use Invisalign for your dental problems but are not entirely sure whether they are suited for you, visit https://www.schoettger.com for a free in-person or virtual consultation. 

Schoettger Orthodontics offers in-house financing to help with the costs of Invisalign treatment. Our expert orthodontists will explain the Invisalign treatment and help determine the best treatment for you.

Schoettger Orthodontics

8000 South 13th Street 

Lincoln Nebraska 68512 

(402) 423-8000

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