Everyone wants to have a smile that makes them feel confident. There are a variety of different options out there to help you achieve your goals. One technique used to correct misalignment is Invisalign. This treatment uses a series of clear aligners to gradually move misaligned teeth to their new locations, but what if you only want to address a single arch? Can Invisalign make this happen? Continue reading to find out if it’s a viable solution.
Can I Get Invisalign on Just My Top Teeth?
While you can get Invisalign on just your top or bottom teeth, this is a somewhat complex situation. This approach is known as “single-arch treatment,” and it involves using Invisalign on either the top or bottom teeth, but not simultaneously. This method still involves addressing both the top and bottom teeth before the treatment has concluded. This is because the upper and lower teeth have a very close relationship. If you change one, this is going to affect your bite. In the end, most patients will require both rows to be adjusted in order to get the desired results.
What Are the Risks of Single-Arch Treatment?
If you straighten just your top or bottom teeth, but not both, it could easily throw off your bite. This could leave you with a variety of oral health issues, including jaw problems, that result in head and neck pain. Uneven wearing can also occur, which can compromise your protective enamel, leading to sensitivity and other dental problems. When both arches are corrected at the same time, you won’t need to worry about the development of bite issues throughout your treatment.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Single-Arch Treatment?
Single-arch treatment is only suitable for those who have just a few crooked teeth or other minor alignment issues. Usually, this type of treatment is done to fix issues that are solely cosmetic. If you are dealing with a more complex orthodontic problem, like a crossbite or open bite, this most likely is not the best option. It is ideal for those who have:
- Minor spaces
- Slightly crooked front teeth
- Relapse after previous orthodontic treatment
- A tooth that is tipped out of alignment
This treatment isn’t ideal for most people, but it may be a viable solution for you. Talk to your dentist so you can work out a plan that caters to your unique needs!
About the Author
Dr. Amanda Cobb earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Currently, she is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Florida Dental Association, Volusia-Flagler County Dental Association, and the Oceanside Study Club. To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule a consultation at her office in Big Pine Key, visit her website or call (305) 680-1553.