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Invisalign Transformations: What If You Don’t Like It?

You are almost done with your treatment and you do not like where you seem to be ending up.  You are in communication with your Dr. about your concerns. (That is always the first step!  Always talk to your doctor.)  You think your jaw’s shape has been affected, your lower lip is thinner than it used to be and your chin has changed.  She says “Keep going until the end, I am sure you will be happy.” (Or something like that.)  And yet you are still left uncertain about what to do because your overall look is changing and you don’t like it.  Here are a couple of things to look at.

1.  Ask you dentist to look at your Invisalign movement chart, known as the ClinCheck WITH YOU.  This will give you an exact replica of the movement of your teeth.

2.  Look at where you started.  For instance, sometimes with an anterior open bite, teeth are slightly protracted, i.e. slightly pushed out.  This causes them to not touch.  With Invisalign (or any orthodontics) the common technique to close the open bite involves retraction, or pulling back the teeth, often upper and lower arches, so they can touch.

3.  With your dentist, who OK’d the set up for your smile and tooth position, you want to check on the amount of retraction of your upper and lower front teeth as your open bite closes down.

4.  If this is the case, look at the ClinCk from the profile view.  Ask your dentist to apply the grid view.  This will help you see the exact change to your profile. You can then apply this on to your own face.  This will give you the exact nature of the change you are looking at and experiencing.

5.  Your lip thinning can be a natural result of pulling back your lower teeth.  Your double chin, well that is harder to say, but might be indirectly affected by the lack of lip support your teeth now give your lower lip.  Your jaw changing, while the width and dimension of it is technically has not, the rotation and how it fits your upper jaw might be affected and that can create the appearance of your jaw changing.

My experience with over eight years of being an Invisalign provider is that there is a fix.  In that time I have only had one person who stopped treatment because she did not like how the treatment affected her smile, lips and overall look.  My advice is follow the above, take a hard look at your ClinCk, work closely with your doctor and at the end of treatment, if you are not satisfied, then work with your dentist on a refinement (new set of aligners) that gets you what you want.  That should all be done at no charge to you as Invisalign incorporates “end-stage refinements” at no charge to the doctor.  Most dentist I know what their patients to be really satisfied with their smiles and overall oral health.

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