Is Invisalign Right For You?

Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR

Invisalign can correct minor misaligned teeth including crooked teeth, gapped teeth, over or under bites, cross bites, and open bites. However, a consultation with Dr. Smith at Whole Health Dentistry is the first step in determining if Invisalign is right for you. Here are the most common oral issues that are corrected by Invisalign.

Overly Crowded Teeth

invisalignCrowded teeth is an indication that your jaw is too small to accommodate all of your teeth.

The problem is that overcrowding causes a variety of oral health issues including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Embarrassing smile/lack of confidence
  • Misaligned bite/malocclusion

Gapped Teeth

Gaps between teeth occur when the jawbone continues to grow but is also caused when teeth shift out of place due to a missing tooth.

When left untreated, gaps between teeth lead to the following oral health concerns:

  • Gum issues
  • Periodontal pockets
  • Increased risk of periodontal disease
  • Embarrassing smile/lack of confidence


A crossbite is when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, causing teeth upper teeth to touch the inside of the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. Crossbites can occur on the front and sides of the mouth.

If not treated properly, the sufferer may experience the following issues:

  • Tooth wear
  • Gum disease
  • Bone loss
  • Pain in jaw joints
  • Tension headaches
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Embarrassing smile/lack of confidence


Also, known as an “overjet,” this malocclusion results in the upper teeth significantly protruding over the lower teeth. An overbite can develop from genetics, oral habits, or overdevelopment of the jawbone.

Dental problems from an overbite include:

  • Gum irritation
  • Wear on the lower teeth
  • Pain in jaw joints (TMD)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Embarrassing smile/lack of confidence


If the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, we refer to this as an underbite, which develops from the undergrowth of the upper or lower jaw. Also, missing teeth can lead to an underbite.

Problems from an underbite include:

  • Painful jaw joint (TMD)
  • Tension headaches
  • Tooth wear on molars
  • Embarrassing smile/lack of confidence

Open Bite

An open bite occurs when the front teeth are unable to make contact with each other, and is often caused by genetics, abnormal jaw development, or excessive thumb-sucking.

If left untreated, an open bite can cause:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain in jaw joints
  • Speech impairment
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Embarrassing smile/lack of confidence

Whole Health Dentistry offers complete oral care to patients of Sellwood-Moreland and Portland, Oregon. To schedule an appointment, contact Whole Health Dentistry today at (503) 462-1538.