September 3, 2021
Are your top teeth crooked but your bottom teeth perfectly fine? You may be wondering if you can get Invisalign on just your top teeth. While single row adjustments with Invisalign are possible, there are some risks involved. Keep reading to learn more about how Invisalign treatment works, the complications that can arise from straightening only top teeth, and how an experienced dentist can help you reach your smile goals.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign clear braces are a discreet and effective way to address crowded teeth and other orthodontic issues. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign utilizes sets of clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. The custom-made aligners appy pressure on strategic points of teeth to gradually shift them into the desired position. Each set of aligners is typically worn for 20 to 22 hours each day and is replaced around every two weeks.
Can Invisalign Work for Top Teeth Only?
In some cases, Invisalign may be used to realign just one row of teeth. You might want to consider single arch Invisalign if you want to correct:
- Slightly crooked front teeth
- Minor spacing or gaps
- A single tooth tipped out of alignment
- Relapsed previous orthodontic therapy
Potential Issues with Single Row Adjustments
Single row adjustments with Invisalign are not possible for everyone. While Invisalign can enhance the appearance of a person’s smile, it is also an orthodontic procedure. One of the primary goals of Invisalign is to make sure that a person’s teeth align and function correctly.
Your top and bottom teeth are designed to function together. Changes to one part of your smile can impact other areas. Indeed, adjusting only your top row of teeth with Invisalign could potentially cause the following issues:
- An uneven bite
- Unnatural tooth wear
- Jaw pain from improper alignment
Are You a Good Candidate?
When it comes to straightening teeth with Invisalign, no two treatments are exactly the same. Invisalign aligners are customized to meet the specific needs of each individual patient. That’s why the best way to find out if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule an initial consultation with your dentist. Here’s what you can expect to happen during this first visit:
- Your dentist will first examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to make sure there are no existing oral health issues, like cavities or gum disease.
- Your dentist will then assess your bite alignment and discuss your unique smile goals.
- You’ll have the opportunity to ask your dentist, “Can I get Invisalign on just my top teeth?”
Whether straightening your top teeth only or your entire smile with Invisalign, choosing an experienced orthodontic specialist is the best way to achieve the smile of your dreams safely.
About the Author
Dr. Scott Wehrkamp is a trained orthodontic specialist with 40 years of experience helping patients enhance their smiles. He regularly creates custom Invisalign treatment plans for individuals who want to straighten their teeth. To learn more about Invisalign clear braces, visit the Wehrkamp Dentistry website or call 605-582-6522.
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