I'm 18 years old and I'm considering getting invisalign. My ortho said that I have a baby tooth right next to my upper left canine, and that is why my canine grew higher than my other teeth and pushed my front 2 teeth to the right causing misalignment. He said I would need to extract my baby tooth in order for my canine to have space to move down. My question is weather invisalign can actually close in that gap? and shift all my teeth to their position? I will include pictures as well.
Will Invisalign Close in Gap Caused by Baby Tooth Extraction? (photo)
Doctor Answers 9
Your case can be done with Invisalign, just keep in mind it can take longer that expected. With traditional braces it can take less time and be more predictable. There are many options for traditional braces that are less visible, go for orthodontic consultation, most of the time are complimentary. At the end you need to be happy with your decision
Invisalign to tip high canine into alignment and correct midline shift
As far as high canine orthodontic cases go, yours appears tailor-made for Invisalign:
- Canine root is in the right spot
- As the aligners tip the canine crown back, it naturally moves down and into the space
- The other front teeth are leaning to the right and would straighten as they move left
Expect to wear attachments on some of the teeth, may need elastics to help center the bite with the Invisalign.
Invisalign to Close Gap Caused by Baby Tooth Extraction
You don't really want to close the gap caused by the baby tooth extraction. If anything, you will probably have to widen the gap in order to make room for your permanent canine to come down and back intoi that gap. I am not an orthodontist, but with my experience with Invisalign, it is NOT the ideal way to treat this type of situation. Standard braces will be more effective.
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