Treatable Cases

Are you wondering if orthodontic treatment is the right choice for you? For many prospective patients, the answer is yes, but only if the course of treatment can fit your lifestyle (not the other way around!). Whether you just want to make a minor correction, you think you have a uniquely difficult case, or you’re a teen and your teeth are still growing in, see what treatment can do for you.

What are crowded teeth?
When you don’t have enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally, your teeth can bunch up, overlap and twist, sometimes getting pushed to the front or the back.

What kinds of problems can crowded teeth cause?
Crowded teeth can make it hard to brush and floss well. Then it’s easier for plaque, tartar, and harmful bacterial to build up — and down the line, this can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.(1, 2) Your crowded teeth can also get worse over time.

Can Invisalign clear aligners fix crowded teeth?
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can fix crowded teeth.

  1. Staufer, Kirsten, and Helga Landmesser. “Effects of Crowding in the Lower Anterior Segment – a Risk Evaluation Depending upon the Degree of Crowding.” Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 13–25.
  2. Sven Helm & Poul Erik Petersen (1989) Causal relation between malocclusion and periodontal health, Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 47:4, 223-228, DOI: 10.3109/00016358909007705

What is an overbite?
An overbite is when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth. Most people have at least a little overbite.

What kinds of problems can an overbite cause?
When your overbite is too large, your doctor might tell you you have a deep bite. This can cause problems, from your teeth wearing down to pain in your jaw. (1,2) Doctors use a percentage to describe overbites, and 5 to 25 percent is ideal. (3)

Can Invisalign clear aligners fix an overbite?
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can fix an overbite or deep bite.

  1. Van’t Spijker, A, et al. “Occlusal Wear and Occlusal Condition in a Convenience Sample of Young Adults.” Journal of Dentistry, vol. 43, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 72–77., doi:
  2. Riolo, Michael L., et al. “Associations between Occlusal Characteristics and Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction in Children and Young Adults.” American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, vol. 92, no. 6, 1987, pp. 467–477., doi:10.1016/0889-5406(87)90228-9
  3. Current Therapy in Orthodontics, Nanda & Kapila, 2010

What is an underbite?
An underbite is when you close your mouth and your lower front teeth are in front of your upper teeth. In many cases, this is actually a problem with your lower jaw being too far forward.

What kinds of problems can an underbite cause?
An underbite can make it hard to chew properly and speak clearly, and it might cause your teeth to wear down more quickly.1, 2

Can Invisalign clear aligners fix an underbite?
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can fix some underbites. Severe underbites might require Invisalign treatment combined with surgery.

  1. Prado, Daniela Galvão De Almeida, et al. “Speech Articulatory Characteristics of Individuals With Dentofacial Deformity.” Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, vol. 26, no. 6, 2015, pp. 1835–1839., doi:10.1097/scs.0000000000001913
  2. Cooper, Barry C., and Israel Kleinberg. “Examination of a Large Patient Population for the Presence of Symptoms and Signs of Temporomandibular Disorders.” Cranio®, vol. 25, no. 2, 2007, pp. 114–126., doi:10.1179/crn.2007.018.

What is a crossbite?
When you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth are sitting inside your lower teeth — rather than on the outside, like they normally would — your doctor calls this a crossbite.

What kinds of problems can a crossbite cause?
A crossbite can make your teeth wear down or chip. It can also make your gums start to recede or make little notches above your gum line.1 This kind of damage can lead to painful gum problems or even bone loss.2

Can Invisalign clear aligners fix a crossbite?
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can fix some types of crossbite.

  1. Sven Helm & Poul Erik Petersen (1989) Causal relation between malocclusion and periodontal health, Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 47:4, 223-228, DOI: 10.3109/00016358909007705
  2. José M Barrera-Mora, Eduardo Espinar Escalona, Camilo Abalos Labruzzi, José M Llamas Carrera, Emilio Jiménez-Castellanos Ballesteros, Enrique Solano Reina & Mariano Rocabado (2012) The Relationship Between Malocclusion, Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Condylar Position and TMD Symptoms, CRANIO®, 30:2, 121-130, DOI: 10.1179/crn.2012.018

What are gap teeth?
When you have extra space between two or more of your teeth, your doctor calls this spacing issue or gap teeth.

What kinds of problems can gap teeth cause?
Gap teeth can create pockets between your teeth and gums where food can get stuck. It can make your gums tender and sore and even lead to gum disease.

Can Invisalign clear aligners fix gap teeth?
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can fix gaps in teeth.

What is an open bite?
If your upper and lower teeth don’t touch when your mouth is closed, your doctor calls this an open bite.

What kinds of problems can an open bite cause?
An open bite can make it hard to chew or difficult to bite into some common foods, like apples.1 – 3

Can Invisalign clear aligners fix an open bite?
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can fix an open bite.

  1. Egermark-Eriksson, I., et al. “A Longitudinal Study on Malocclusion in Relation to Signs and Symptoms of Cranio-Mandibular Disorders in Children and Adolescents.” The European Journal of Orthodontics, vol. 12, no. 4, Jan. 1990, pp. 399–407., doi:10.1093/ejo/12.4.399.
  2. Laufer D, Glick D, Gutman D, Sharon A: Patient motivation and response to surgical correction of prognathism. Oral Surg 41:309-13, 1976.
  3. Ngan, P, and H W Fields. “Open Bite: a Review of Etiology and Management.” Pediatric Dentistry, vol. 19, no. 2, 1999.

What you need to know about transforming your child’s little smile with Invisalign® First clear aligners.

What is Phase 1?
As a child grows, their smile grows with them. And even with baby teeth, it may be the perfect time for children ages 6 to 10 to start orthodontic treatment. This is known as Phase 1 treatment.

What are the advantages of Phase 1 treatment?
The goal of Phase 1 treatment is to develop young jaws and/or arches to make room for existing teeth and for incoming permanent teeth.

  • Can prevent pre-existing bite issues from getting worse.
  • Can fix existing teeth-straightening conditions.
  • Can improve the appearance of a growing child’s smile.
  • Can help with oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
  • Can make Phase 2 treatment shorter and easier.
  • Can Invisalign First aligners be used for Phase 1 treatment?

Yes, Invisalign First aligners can fix a broad range of teeth straightening issues, including crowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches.

Crooked Teeth seem like a little thing. Why should you fix it?
You like your smile — but you really want to love it. Maybe you have a special event coming up, or you want the confidence to take on the world at work or at school. Small fixes can make a big difference, and with Invisalign treatment you can now see the difference up to 50 percent faster.(1)

  1. With weekly aligner changes, compared with two-week aligner wear.