Can I Use Invisalign to Fix Protruding Front Teeth?

There are usually many questions people ask about the Invisalign system of treatment. Their questions typically include if Invisalign can be used to treat crowding, crooked teeth, overbite, and the kinds of orthodontic problems Invisalign cannot treat.

We have dedicated this article to answer a wide variety of these questions, including whether Invisalign can be used to treat protruding front teeth.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment. It is an orthodontic system that uses modern computerised technology to produce clear aligners or trays. It works differently from the traditional metal braces as it does not require wires or brackets for treatment.

These clear trays are worn over the teeth and apply subtle pressure to move your teeth in the direction they were designed.

When you are just starting your treatment with Invisalign, the software will be used to calculate the total number of aligners and attachments (if any) you need and how quickly you will change them. Generally, the change is usually every two weeks.

How long does Invisalign take to align teeth?

When you are just starting the planning stage of your treatment, your dentist will take the impressions of your teeth and scan the teeth into a computer. This computer will then be used to move your teeth to an ideal location. It will also calculate how long it will take for the Invisalign to do the same movement by closing gaps and/or straightening your crooked teeth.

Some people usually have their treatment completed over a year. However, the average is two years. It all depends on the level of tooth movements that are required.

Can Invisalign be used to treat overbite?

An overbite is described as a condition where the upper teeth stick out, especially when the mouth is closed. In a specific sense, it is usually called an overjet. However, many people know it as an overbite. Others also call it protruding front teeth or buck teeth. People typically develop overbites from either dental or skeletal issues.

  • When a dental issue causes an overbite, it means that the teeth are wrongly positioned.
  • Overbite caused by a skeletal issue means that either the upper jaw is overdeveloped or the lower jaw is underdeveloped.

Generally, Invisalign treats overbite with a dental cause better than those caused by skeletal issues. However, most overbite cases are caused by the wrong placement of the teeth and can be treated by Invisalign. But severe protruding front teeth may be treated by orthognathic surgery in addition to an orthodontic treatment.

Can Invisalign be used to fix teeth crowding?

In most circumstances, crowded teeth occur because of an underdeveloped jaw, which creates pace for the teeth to align naturally. Because of this, it is challenging to treat tooth crowding without removing a tooth to create enough space for others.  Most frequently, the tooth that is usually removed for this treatment is the first premolar. This is because the space it makes is enough for every other tooth to be moved and straightened, thereby fixing the crowding.

Can Invisalign be used to push back the front teeth?

When there is enough space for the front teeth to move back, then Invisalign can be used to push them in. If you have gaps behind the protruding front teeth, the Invisalign will take up this gap to push back the front teeth. However, if you do not have gaps and there is no enough space for their front teeth to be pushed back, then the dentist will need to extract a premolar tooth to create the space.

Can Invisalign be used to treat protruding upper front teeth?

Invisalign can only be used to treat protruding upper front teeth if there is space on your jaw for these teeth to be moved back to. However, if you only have a few protruding front teeth, for instance, two front teeth, the dentist may recommend dental bonding or other treatments.

Sometimes, these two front teeth might look like they stand out to cause an overbite because the lateral teeth on other teeth at the two sides of the protruding ones are receded or not protruded enough to align.

In this case, the dentist uses dental bonding to bring forward both sides of the two front teeth to stop looking stuck out.

This is a less expensive and faster solution than orthodontics. So, talk to your dentist about this treatment option if it could be recommended for you.

Can you obtain Invisalign to treat only the lower teeth?

Invisalign can be used to treat both the upper and lower teeth simultaneously, but you can still use them to treat any of your teeth rows.

However, Invisalign is mainly used to treat the upper teeth because they are more conspicuous. But, if you want to straighten your lower teeth, Invisalign can still work for you.

Which orthodontic problems can Invisalign not solve?

Invisalign is a very suitable treatment used to correct cosmetic orthodontic issues, which involves rotating, straightening, or moving the front teeth to the most desired position.

However, your dentist may require special orthodontic procedures or other types of braces to treat more complex orthodontic issues like widening your jaws, correcting extreme malocclusions, or moving your teeth back.

What should I do next?

The best way to learn more about orthodontics treatment or obtain treatment with Invisalign, Visit Adult Braces Clinic and book an appointment. We offer the £1000 off on Invisalign treatment in London, and we will be glad to offer you our services.