Invisalign is an excellent orthodontic treatment for patients looking for a straighter smile without the hassle of traditional braces. This minimally invisible treatment is ideal for patients with crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and bite issues like underbites and overbites.
The beauty of Invisalign is personalization. This teeth straightening system treats every smile as unique, so the treatment is always customized to meet the patient’s needs. Speaking of personalization, you may ask whether partial Invisalign treatment is possible if you have issues with only the top or bottom teeth. Grand Dental Arts in Toms River, New Jersey, explains the possibility of single arch treatment with Invisalign.
Can you get Invisalign for top or bottom teeth only?
Invisalign uses removable, custom-fitted aligners that fit snugly over the teeth. The aligners put constant but gentle pressure on specific areas of the teeth to close gaps and move them into proper alignment. You must change your aligners every two weeks to maintain that pressure to achieve the orthodontic goals within a specified timeframe.
Single-arch Invisalign treatment is possible if you have a few crooked teeth in the bottom or upper jaw. This treatment works by wearing the aligners over the bottom or upper teeth, depending on your specific needs.
Nevertheless, single arch treatment may not be suitable for everyone. This approach effectively addresses cosmetic concerns such as minor gaps or crookedness. However, if your bite has complex issues like underbites, crossbites, and open bites, treatment for both arches will be the most preferred to maintain an optimal biting relationship (occlusion).
The risks of single-arch Invisalign treatment
Although opting for Invisalign for top or bottom teeth only can reduce treatment costs, it can lead to some complications. One potential problem is malocclusion or misalignment between your upper and lower teeth.
When the upper and lower teeth don’t meet correctly, it creates an aesthetic issue and can lead to health complications like bruxism and TMJ disorder. We’ll only recommend a single arch treatment if it doesn’t affect the opposing teeth.