I can choose the Invisalign tray for upper teeth only, correct? My bottom teeth are fine.
Amanda Seay (Mount Pleasant, SC) on Sep 15, 2011
It truly is case dependent. If your bite(occlusion) is acceptable and you are only correcting minor tooth position then it should be fine to only treat one dental arch and not both. But...the new teeth positions must be in harmony with the lower teeth to give you a balanced bite.
Steven Glassman (New York, NY) on Sep 15, 2011
Usually it's best to to use Invisalign on both arches. We chew dynamically (in motion) not Static. So even though the esthetic complain is on the upper arch, by straightening them they may knock into the lower and not fit together properly when biting and chewing. It generally also takes longer doing one arch then both arches. Usually the one that has more problems takes longer while the arch that is mostly straight finishes faster. In that case passive aligners can be worn while the other arch finishes. Hope that helps. Dr. Steven Glassman
Carolyn Van Buskirk (New York, NY) on Sep 15, 2011
While it is theoretically possible to only treat one arch, this is by far the exception. A better result is usually achieved if both arches are treated. Even if it may appear to you that "the lower teeth are fine", usually some movement of the lower teeth is necessary to provide the leeway for movement of the upper teeth, and to achieve a stable, healthy bite that can be maintained. Remember your upper and lower teeth hit eachother every day, and by aligning them into the proper position for stability as well as aesthetics, you are taking steps to achieve a healthy attractive smile for life, provided you also follow good hygiene practices and see your dentist regularly. I have been treating cases with Invisalign for over 10 years and have found that in cases where a patient insists on only treating one arch, treatment time is usually longer, and results can be less than ideal which can be disappointing after you are investing time, effort and money towards your teeth and overall smile. An exception to this is if you have a fixed bridge or implants in one arch, where it may not be recommended or possible, to move teeth in that arch. If you are in the New York City area, I would be happy to offer you a complimentary consultation where I would evaluate your bite and give you my recommendations. Carolyn Van Buskirk, DDS (212) 688-0824
Irena Vaksman (San Francisco, CA) on Sep 15, 2011
Invisalign is typically done for both upper and lower teeth, even if you are only actively treating one arch. It is best to control the bite while moving the teeth, thus it is recommended to wear both upper and lowers aligners throughout treatment.
Steven Bader (Newton Centre, MA) on Sep 15, 2011
It sounds like you are asking if you can choose to have Invisalign treatment for your upper teeth only. Absolutely! An evaluation with an Invisalign certified dentist will show you whether it may help to make some changes to your lower teeth to allow your upper teeth to look better. Most times there is little or no difference in fee to treat just the top or to treat both. Good luck!
Les Latner (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 15, 2011
Generally, when moving teeth in one arch (the upper arch in this case), then the teeth might not bite together properly unless the teeth on the lower arch are moved. Each patient's situation is different and needs to be evaluated by your dentist. Les Latner, DDS, MAGD firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Apa (New York, NY) on Sep 15, 2011
Most cases will require some minor movement of the bottom teeth at the same time, however it is possible to use an upper tray only.
Marlen Martirossian (River Edge, NJ) on Sep 15, 2011
For the most part you do have to wear the lower Invisalign retainer for some minor bite correction.
Kamini Talati (Port Saint Lucie, FL) on Sep 15, 2011
Invisalign is an orthdontic procedure. Teeth are moved to achieve a smile that is esthetically pleasing. If you have crowding on the upper arch, but not on the lower you would still need trays for both arches because the upper teeth and lower teeth have to come together in hormony, inorder to achieve the best results. Therefore, it is not possible to just get only a tray for the upper arch.