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Can I Get Invisalign on Just My Top or Bottom Teeth?

Comparison of Invisalign and standard braces

Not many of us are blessed with perfect teeth. We may have alignment issues or teeth that are out of place.

In the past, metal braces were the only option to straighten teeth. Nowadays, many teens and adults prefer to use Invisalign. Invisalign consists of clear aligners that straighten teeth gradually without brackets or wires.

Invisalign seems great, but you may have questions about the process. For example, do you have to get the aligners for the entire mouth? Can you opt for just the top or bottom teeth?

Technically, you can, but it is not common to do so. Straightening just one row of teeth is done on a limited basis. For the most part, both arches must be treated in order for the outcome to be successful. Here’s why.

Alignment Issues

In order for Invisalign to work, you must have a stable bite at the end of your treatment. This is very difficult to do if you are not treating the entire mouth. If you are treating just the upper or lower row of teeth, then you are likely not going to get good alignment with the other row of teeth. You will bite down and experience alignment issues. Your bite will not close properly and your alignment will be out of whack.

If you only want to use Invisalign to straighten your upper teeth, your dentist will need to determine if this treatment plan is feasible. Single-arch treatments are only suitable for a small subset of patients who have minor spacing issues and crookedness.

Invisalign is unique in that it allows for some customization. You can use clear aligners to correct the alignment of several teeth, a particular zone of teeth, or even a single crooked tooth. It is completely possible to have aligners created that will only straighten the front teeth. However, you need to work closely with your dentist to create the right treatment plan.

If you have a crossbite or overbite, treating the upper teeth only will likely not be adequate. Even if your bottom teeth are straight, misalignment can cause some difficulty.

The Cost Will Not Be Lower

You may want to treat one arch only because of the cost. However, doing one aligner instead of two will not result in cost savings. You will likely still pay the full price. The costs of the procedure are very similar, as the dentist will still need the same amount of time and materials. Plus, the laboratory fee may not differ much either. So if you are concerned about cost, getting one arch rather than two will not make a difference.

Contact a Certified Invisalign Installer Today

Invisalign is an innovative way to straighten teeth. While most people use the aligners on all their teeth, you can opt for just the top or bottom teeth, but it is not a common treatment option.

Comprehensive Dentistry is a certified Invisalign provider. If you are interested in straightening your teeth, our Ypsilanti dentists can help you understand your options. Fill out the online form or call (734) 480-0033 to schedule a consultation.