Can I Get Invisalign on Bottom Teeth Only?
Not everyone who wants to straighten their smile has a “whole mouth issue.” Sometimes there is only one tooth that is slightly off or a gap that needs to be closed for a smile to shine its brightest. When this is the case, Invisalign aligners on only half your teeth may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
At Passes Dental Care, we are always getting questions about the Invisalign system. Many people worry that the product is only meant to treat those with issues on their top and bottom sets of teeth. However, Invisalign has a variety of different applications. Some patients need aligners on the top and bottom teeth, while others may only need aligners on their bottom teeth. Which option is right for you? Read on to find out if you could be a candidate for getting Invisalign aligners on your bottom teeth.
What Is Invisalign?
Bulky and painful metal braces used to be the only way to get a straight smile and correct bite issues like overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Today, there are new options, like Invisalign aligners, that are more discrete and comfortable. These aligners look like clear plastic trays. They fit snugly over a patient’s teeth and exert the right amount of force in the precise areas where it is needed. Gradually, this force helps move a person’s teeth into a new position and realign their smile.
Patients must typically wear the devices for 20 to 22 hours each day to see results. However, one of the best parts of the Invisalign system is that the aligners are nearly undetectable. They can even be removed when it is time to eat, drink, and brush.
Can Invisalign Be Used on Bottom Teeth Only?
Yes. Technically, Invisalign aligners can be used on just the bottom teeth. However, whether that is the best solution for your teeth straightening goals depends on other factors. When an orthodontic appliance is applied to only one set of teeth, it is called a single-arch treatment. A single-arch treatment can be done on the top set of teeth or the bottom set of teeth, but not both.
A single-arch treatment can be accomplished in cases where there are overcrowding issues and gaps between teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for single-arch treatments with Invisalign. There is the potential that when you rearrange one set of teeth, they will no longer line up properly with the other set of teeth. The biting relationship between the top teeth and the bottom teeth is called occlusion. Throwing off this relationship can cause problems.
Is Single-Arch Treatment with Invisalign Right for You?
Is an Invisalign aligner on your bottom teeth the right option for you? Consider whether you fall into any of the following categories:
- You have a gap in your teeth
- You have minor spacing issues between teeth
- You have crooked bottom teeth
- You have a tooth that is misaligned
- You’ve had a relapse after prior orthodontic treatments
If you think you might be a candidate for Invisalign on your bottom teeth only, contact your dental care provider. They can fully assess your oral health situation and determine whether a single-arch treatment is the best course of action for you.
A single-arch treatment approach needs to be carefully considered. In some cases, taking this approach can cause long-term damage to your oral health. Only treating the top or the bottom can end up causing a misalignment of a person’s bite. Independently moving only the top or bottom arch can impact the entire mouth and jaw, which can cause pain, headaches, and chewing difficulties.
If you want to only address your bottom teeth because of potential cost issues, talk to a financial coordinator with Passes Dental Care. We accept payments from a wide variety of insurance carriers and can work with you to find payment options that will fit your financial needs.
Contact Passes Dental Care to Schedule an Appointment Today
The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for getting Invisalign aligners on your bottom teeth is to make an appointment with an experienced oral care provider. At Passes Dental Care, you will meet with a trained specialist who will examine the position of your teeth and determine whether Invisalign treatment can help you achieve your oral care goals.
Are you ready to find out more? Contact our office by calling 516-858-5921 to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified oral care providers. You can also reach us by filling out our online form. Get ready. A new smile is within your reach.