Many people are curious about Invisalign treatment and whether it’s right for them. Whether you’re interested in Invisalign for teens or you’re wondering about Invisalign for adults, it’s likely you have some questions if you’re unfamiliar with Invisalign clear aligners.
A simple search on the Internet will introduce you to the basics of Invisalign and the various conditions it’s used to treat. What’s a little trickier to find is information about whether patients can travel during their Invisalign treatment. If you want to know if you can travel during your treatment, the answer is, “Yes, you most certainly can.”
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For you to have a bite that’s considered normal, your upper teeth should rest slightly outside your lower teeth at the front and back of your mouth and along the sides. When that doesn’t happen, it means you have a malocclusion, which is often referred to as a “bad bite.”
Overbites and underbites are two common kinds of bad bites. A crossbite is yet another kind of bad bite that patients often seek treatment for. A crossbite occurs when at least one of your upper teeth are out of alignment with your lower teeth.
Types of Crossbites
In general, there are two kinds of crossbites that typically require the attention of an orthodontist. A posterior crossbite is when your top back teeth come down inside the bottom teeth located at the back of your mouth. It’s estimated that between one and 16 percent of kids experience this type of crossbite before their permanent teeth grow in.
The other kind of crossbite is an anterior crossbite. If you have an anterior crossbite, your upper front teeth rest behind the lower teeth located at the front of your mouth. The estimated incidence of anterior crossbite is between four and five percent.
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When medical professionals talk about dental issues, you’re bound to overhear some words that may instill fear if you’re not familiar with them. “Malocclusion” is one word you may come across. While that’s a big word, it’s not nearly as overwhelming as it may seem on the surface.
When someone has a malocclusion problem, it means the individual has an issue relating to the position of their teeth when their jaw is closed. An underbite, which is also referred to as an underjet, is an example of a malocclusion issue some people grapple with.
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There are many reasons some people are unhappy with their smile. One common reason people often complain about is crowded teeth or dental crowding.
Dental crowding is a sort of “bad bite” that’s the result of a person’s mouth not having enough room for all of the individual’s teeth. When this happens, the person’s teeth move in directions they’re not necessarily supposed to in order to fit in the individual’s mouth. This movement can lead to your teeth bunching up, overlapping, or twisting. It can also cause teeth to get pushed forward or backward.
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If you’re looking for a way to transform your appearance that doesn’t require surgery or any downtime, you may want to start with your smile. Sometimes, people with imperfect teeth get so used to covering their mouths when they smile that the movement becomes second nature. That’s a shame because every smile is beautiful because of the emotions it relays regardless of how straight or white a person’s teeth are.
While that’s the truth, some people remain self-conscious about their smile well into adulthood. Luckily, there are several different ways to improve your smile, including braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and other aligners.
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