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What Orthodontic Issues Can and Can’t Clear Aligners Fix? Pt 1

Plastic tooth moving devices, known as aligners, have been a game changer for orthodontics. Invisalign and Suresmile are two popular aligner companies that provide the plastic and tooth planning software. The clear plastic aligner system’s esthetics has been the most appealing feature to over eight million orthodontic patients around the world to date. But looks shouldn’t be the only thing to consider when considering orthodontic treatment. Braces could be more suitable in certain situations, which is why it’s essential to get expert, personalized advice from an Orthodontist.

Which Orthodontic Issues Can Aligners Treat?

The following issues can be treated by aligners like Invisalign and Suresmile in some patients, but not all, depending on the severity or if there are a combination of issues:

Crooked Teeth

If you are looking to straighten your smile, aligners are a great option.


An overbite (when the upper teeth close too far in front of the bottom teeth) can make it difficult to chew and bite into some foods.

Can aligners fix overbite? Yes, in some cases they can be used to move teeth so that the top and bottom teeth align properly when your mouth is closed.


An underbite (when bottom teeth are in front of upper teeth) can cause your teeth to wear more quickly and create difficulties with speech.

Can Invisalign or Suresmile treat an underbite? Yes, they can be used to move the lower teeth back so they naturally sit behind the front teeth.

In certain cases Dr. Mark Feinberg can employ both braces and aligner therapy in combination, what we refer to as Hybrid therapy. This is a unique therapeutic approach that is possible through the power of advanced Suresmile technology


A crossbite (when some upper teeth sit inside lower teeth rather than outside ) can cause your teeth to chip and wear down and even cause gums to recede.

You might be wondering if Aligner therapy can fix crossbite? In many cases the answer is yes, they can be used to move incorrectly positioned teeth into the right place and treat a crossbite.

Gaps in Teeth

If you have a gap between two or more teeth, you have a spacing issue. This excess space is a problem with food getting caught between teeth and gums, causing pain and gum disease. Aligners like Suresmile and Invisalign do a nice job of closing the gaps to create a healthier mouth and more aesthetic smile. However, there are limitations in how much space needs to be closed.

Open Bite

Aligners can fix an open bite (when upper and lower teeth don’t meet) by moving upper and lower teeth into position so they close correctly.

Crowded Teeth

When there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate all of your teeth, they can overlap and twist, this is known as crowding. The lack of space between teeth allows for food to become stuck and for tarter and plaque to build up which may contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.

Can aligners fix crowding? Aligners can work for some cases of crowded teeth, depending on the severity and complexity of the problem.

Why not call the staff at Feinberg Orthodontics today and find out what they can do for you? At the very least you will have the information that you need to make a decision on how you wish to proceed. Please remember, that a beautiful smile is more than an investment in your health, it can change your life in ways you wouldn’t believe. Don’t put it off any longer, make an appointment today!

For more information or to discuss anything on our website call us at 203-513-2014. We look forward to speaking with you.

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