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Orthodontic Cases Aligners Can Not Treat

Are you dreaming of a straighter, more confident smile? You’re not alone! Many people turn to orthodontic treatments to achieve their smile goals, often considering aligners as a popular option. While aligners work wonders for many cases, there are some orthodontic cases aligners can not treat. 

While clear aligners, like Invisalign®, are an excellent option for most patients, they may not be ideal for all patients. A comprehensive consultation with Dr. Wint Tun at Harmony Orthodontics in Tomball, TX, can help you determine if aligners are a good fit for you. Get started by scheduling your consultation at (832) 699-3683!

Unfortunately, there are orthodontic cases aligners can not treat. However, this news shouldn’t deter you from exploring alternative options for unlocking the smile of your dreams!

Understanding Orthodontic Cases Aligners Can Not Treat

Aligners, like Invisalign, have gained popularity for their nearly invisible nature and convenience. But that’s not all.

Clear aligners are effective in correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues, from mild to moderate cases

However, there are certain orthodontic cases aligners can not treat, including:

Severe Crowding

In cases of severe bunching, where teeth are tightly packed and overlapping, aligners may not have enough space to properly align the teeth.

Complex Bite Issues

Aligners may not be able to address complex bite issues, such as extreme:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

Vertical Tooth Movement 

Aligners are primarily designed for the horizontal movement of teeth. Cases requiring significant vertical tooth movement may not be suitable for aligner treatment.

Certain Tooth Rotations

While aligners can handle mild to moderate tooth rotations, cases involving severe or complicated rotations may require alternative orthodontic treatments.

Multiple Missing Teeth

Aligners rely on the presence of teeth to provide anchorage and move them into the desired position. In cases of multiple missing teeth, alternative methods may be necessary.

Exploring Alternative Orthodontic Solutions

If your orthodontic case falls into one of the above categories where aligners may not be the ideal choice, fear not! There are alternative orthodontic solutions available to help you achieve your dream smile, including:

Traditional Braces 

Traditional braces are highly effective in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, including: 

  • Severe crowding
  • Complex bite problems
  • Significant tooth rotations. 

Clear Braces

For those seeking a more discreet option than traditional braces, clear braces offer a uniquely subtle alternative

They function similarly to metal braces but use tooth-colored or clear brackets and wires to blend in with your natural smile.

Retainers and Splints 

In some cases, patients can use retainers or splints in conjunction with other orthodontic treatments to:

  • Stabilize teeth
  • Correct minor misalignments
  • Maintain the results of previous orthodontic work.

Follow Your Path to a Beautiful Smile at Harmony Orthodontics

While aligners are a fantastic option for many orthodontic cases, it’s essential to recognize that they may not be suitable for every situation. By understanding the limitations of aligner treatment and exploring alternative orthodontic solutions, you can embark on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile with confidence

So, don’t hesitate to discuss your options with Dr. Wint Tun at Harmony Orthodontics in Tomball, TX. You can learn more about your options at (832) 699-3683, or you can request an in-person consultation with Dr. Tun here.