Invisalign is a clear aligner system used to correct misaligned teeth. It has many benefits over traditional braces, one of which is that it can often achieve similar results with less discomfort. But does it work for every patient? And can it widen your smile? Here’s what you need to know.
What Is A Narrow Smile?
If you see six or fewer teeth when you smile you may have a narrow smile. This common condition is caused by a more tapered than average jaw and palate. This can make the upper part of the mouth (known as the maxillary arch) more pointed, like a letter V, rather than the traditional U-shaped curve that most people are familiar with.
A narrow upper arch can be hereditary, just as other features and characteristics are passed down from generation to generation. A narrow smile can also occur with age, with some people’s maxillary arches narrowing over time. Teeth can eventually tip inward, creating a narrower-looking jawline and cheeks that look sunken in.
So, ‘will Invisalign widen my smile? we hear you cry!
Yes and no. Invisalign won’t widen the jaw bone, this would require surgery in adults or a palatal expander in children. The latter gradually expands a child’s undeveloped jaw before their bones permanently fuse together at around the age of 13. However, it can give the appearance of a very wide smile.
How Does Invisalign Widen Your Smile?
Invisalign can move crowded teeth into a better position, which naturally gives the appearance of a wider smile. The same can be said for crooked teeth. Invisalign can straighten and widen teeth, which means they inevitably take up more space. The pay-off is a broader-looking smile that you’ll want to show off at every opportunity.
Invisalign is the world’s leading clear aligner. This removable and comfortable tray alignment system is made from durable SmartTrack material that fits directly over your teeth. SmartForce attachments, that act like handles, can also be added into the mix to exert more pressure if your teeth need extra help to move.
Aligners need to be worn for 20-22 hours every day for the best results. You’ll be fitted for a new set of aligners every two weeks over the course of your treatment. Each new aligner exerts gentle but constant, pressure to gradually shift your teeth into the correct position. The result is a straighter, wider-looking smile.
Does Invisalign Make Your Mouth Bigger?
After your treatment, your mouth won’t be bigger but you may notice it looks slightly different. Your lips may appear ever so slightly different if they were previously affected by your teeth, but any changes will be very minor indeed. Rest assured, we’ll take photographs of your smile before and after your treatment, so you’ll be able to see any changes that occur!
How To Correct An Overbite Naturally?
An overbite is when the top front teeth overlap the bottom front teeth. Most people have some degree of overbite. In extreme cases of skeletal overbites with significant complications, surgery might be the best option. However, in most other milder cases Invisalign offers a much more natural and less invasive solution.
Award-Winning Invisalign Dentist
How does Invisalign widen your smile? Technically, it doesn’t. The truth is that Invisalign aligners merely give the appearance of a wider smile. The real payoff is straighter, healthier, less crowded teeth. But these kinds of benefits are bound to result in an Invisalign smile that feels wider than the Mersey once you see the results!
If you’d like to improve your smile with Invisalign, Ollie & Darsh is here to support you. As an Invisalign Apex Provider, we’re among the top 1% of Invisalign providers in Europe. This means you can be sure of the highest quality treatment from start to finish. Contact us today for more information or to book an appointment.