Last year, our office held an Invisalign event at our office. We invited our friends in the community to meet us, and to discuss their smile options. It was a fun night! This Dr. Fryer team knows how to throw a party! This was our team from that night!
We met Tara at that event! She told us that she had been unhappy with her crowded teeth for years.
There are a few things going on with this upper arch of teeth. There is definitely some crowding of her teeth, but there are also some spaces behind those teeth. Also, do you see that larger space on the photo above? This tooth is missing. If Tara wanted to replace that missing tooth with an implant, it would make sense to straighten all of her teeth first. A dental implant gets placed into a patient’s bone. It then heals into position into the bone. Once it’s healed, it won’t move. In many cases, it’s helpful to straighten the teeth first.
Notice that Tara’s top teeth nearly completely cover her lower teeth when she smiles. This is called a deep bite. Deep bites can cause tooth wear, can change facial structure, and can cause other tooth and gum related issues. Top teeth should cover about 30% of your lower teeth, but not more. The good news for Tara is that Invisalign does a great job correcting deep bites! Take a look at her bite, now!
Now that Tara’s teeth are straight, do you see how replacing the missing tooth with an implant would be a piece of cake? The spaces on her top row of teeth are gone, too. We have plenty of space for an implant to complete her smile.
The crowding on her lower teeth is gone!
Tara’s treatment took about a year. She was very consistent with wearing her trays, so her treatment turned out perfectly!