• Dr. Tanner

Can You Be Treated With Invisalign?

Invisalign is a very advanced tooth moving system that can not only perform at the same level as braces but in some cases, outperform braces.

I often hear comments or feedback that Invisalign does not work or that Invisalign cannot correct “my teeth or bite”. The truth of the matter is that Invisalign is a very advanced tooth moving system that can perform at the same level as braces (if worn as indicated) and in some situations, outperform braces. The key to successful Invisalign treatment is careful treatment planning and proper execution of the simulated tooth movements. Invisalign works most effectively and efficiently in the hands of a highly skilled Invisalign clinician. Experienced doctors understand the nuances of the system and as a result, these orthodontists achieve the most successful outcomes. Invisalign works best by pushing teeth versus pulling teeth (which is the traditional way of tooth movement with braces).

Here is a list of the different types of malocclusions that can be treated with Invisalign:

  • Crowding

  • Spacing

  • Overbite

  • Crossbite

  • Open bite

  • Deep bite

The following are examples of cases successfully treated in my practice with Invisalign. Most cases were completed in less than a year.


Crowding is the most prevalent malocclusion. Interestingly it is commonly seen in patients who have had prior orthodontic treatment and subsequently stopped wearing or lost their retainers. Front incisors (typically the lower anterior teeth) begin to shift and the patient becomes concerned about the relapse. In addition, the bite will deepen which exacerbates the overlap of the lower teeth.

Chief concern was the relapse of the crowding following orthodontic treatment as a teen

Realignment of the teeth after 9 months of Invisalign treatment



Spacing of teeth is seen less often than crowding but can be very straightforward to treat with Invisalign. The key to spacing correction is determining the cause of the problem and addressing the root issue (small teeth, tongue thrust, weak perioral musculature, finger or thumb sucking habit) either before or after orthodontic treatment.

Chief concern was the spacing of the upper and lower front teeth

Space closure with 12 months of Invisalign treatment



Another frequently occurring malocclusion is an overbite. This problem can be due to flared upper teeth, tipped back lower teeth or a jaw coordination issue (small bottom jaw or protruding top jaw). Depending on the situation, distalization of the upper teeth (pushing the teeth back), slenderizing the upper teeth or extracting two upper side teeth can address the problem.

Chief concern was the overbite

Overbite correction with slenderizing of the upper teeth with 6 months of Invisalign treatment



Crossbite (single or multiple teeth) are due to either a jaw problem (excess growth of the bottom jaw) or unfavorable eruption of the tooth / teeth. Invisalign is an excellent system to correct crossbites because the aligners unlock the dentition freeing teeth to move into their proper position without interference from the opposing arch.

Chief concern was the crossbite of the upper lateral incisors and lower spacing

Anterior crossbite correction with 10 months of Invisalign treatment


Open Bite

Open bites can be very difficult to correct with braces since the mechanics of braces have a tendency to make the open bite worse. Invisalign, on the other hand, is superior to braces with these types of malocclusions and is excellent at controlling vertical movements of teeth. Invisalign is the treatment of choice in closing open bites.

Open bite – Chief complaint was difficulty biting into food

Final result after 12 months of Invisalign treatment


Deep Bite

Deep bites usually occur in conjunction with crowding and overbites. They can be very challenging to correct but with proper treatment planning, Invisalign can achieve impressive results and open the bite. The key to successful overbite correction is overcorrecting or over engineering the tooth movements in the “virtual” setup.

Chief complaint was the deep overbite and crowding

Bite was successfully opened and crowding alleviated with 11 months of Invisalign treatment

Don’t be fooled when someone tells you Invisalign does not work.

In the right hands, Invisalign can successfully move teeth and correct bite problems – even better than braces in certain situations. The key to a great result is having your Invisalign treatment done by a doctor who has completed many cases and who has a deep understanding of how to get the most out of this powerful tooth moving system. Don’t be fooled when someone tells you Invisalign does not work. Invisalign is the real deal and clear aligners are so much more comfortable and efficient than traditional braces!

If you have questions about the benefits of Invisalign treatment, please call Visage Orthodontics at 505-670-6145 or visit our appointment page to schedule a complimentary consultation with me, Dr. Tanner, your Santa Fe Invisalign specialist. I will review everything in detail and develop a customized treatment plan to fit your lifestyle and budget.

A confident and beautiful smile is right around the corner!