Are My Teeth Too Crooked to Get Clear Aligners?

Closeup of a woman with red lipstick and clear aligners to straighten her teeth at True Dental in Odenton, MD

For many patients, clear aligners are a fantastic solution to fix their crooked smile. Without metal wires and brackets, aligners are barely visible, making them a simple and discreet solution to misaligned teeth, and one that’s especially popular with adult patients. However, clear aligners are not for everyone. In this post, we’ll help you understand what they can and cannot fix.

What Can Clear Aligners Do?

Aligners can fix a host of mild to moderate misalignment issues. They are a popular choice for varying degrees of crookedness, overcrowding, gaps, and certain bite problems, like an overbite, underbite, or cross bite.

The Limits of Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are wonderful, but they can’t fix everything. There are situations where the problem may be too severe or complex to be efficiently solved by aligners. For example, aligners often can’t effectively tackle: teeth that are rotated drastically out of place, teeth with incredibly wide gaps, severely misaligned bites, teeth that need to be moved up or down within the jaw, teeth that require large movements left or right, or teeth that are too round, short, or pegged for the aligners to get a good grip. These cases, and others, may be better suited for traditional braces. Braces are a powerful and versatile treatment that can address mild to severe misalignment issues.

Every patient is different, and our expert team will help you decide at your consultation the best method to address your unique dental challenges. We’ll let you know if we think aligners aren’t the right choice for you!

Clear Aligner Orthodontics in Odenton, MD

If you’re a good candidate for clear aligner therapy, you’ll find it a comfortable and effective orthodontic treatment. We’d be thrilled to get you started on your journey to a straighter smile. Come on in for a consultation–you can learn more about the process and benefits of clear aligners. Contact us today!

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