I Have Rotated Teeth: Can Invisalign Help? By Dr. Scott Parr on November 28, 2022

A patient inserting an Invisalign aligner tray

At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey use Invisalign® to produce beautiful smiles for our patients. We can determine if Invisalign treatment can correct rotated teeth and other orthodontic issues.

Twisted or rotated teeth can cause a host of oral health issues. We encourage you to read on to learn how clear aligners can be used to treat a rotated tooth.

What Is a Rotated Tooth?

Rotated teeth refer to teeth that have turned or twisted from their normal position, resulting in a misaligned or crooked appearance. This can affect both the appearance of the teeth and the way they fit together with the opposing teeth, potentially causing problems with biting, chewing, and speech.

Rotated teeth can occur in any part of the mouth.

Causes of Rotated Teeth

Rotated teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Crowded teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Abnormal bite patterns
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Tongue-thrusting habits
  • Trauma to the teeth
  • Trauma to the jaw

In some cases, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct rotated teeth.

Can Invisalign Treat Rotated Teeth?

Invisalign can treat rotated teeth in certain cases.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to gradually shift the teeth into their correct positions. The aligners apply gentle and controlled force to the teeth, which can help to straighten and rotate them over time.

Invisalign treatment can be customized to target specific teeth and movements, making it an effective option for correcting various orthodontic issues, including rotated teeth.

Assessing Invisalign Candidacy

The extent to which Invisalign can treat rotated teeth will depend on the severity of the rotation and other individual factors, so it's best to consult with a dentist at our Virginia Beach dental practice to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

In general, Invisalign can rotate the teeth up to about 20 degrees. If your condition is more severe, Invisalign might not be able to straighten the teeth and turn the rotated tooth to a front-facing position. In these cases, braces may be a better option for the patient.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Treat Rotated Teeth?

In general, treatment with Invisalign can take anywhere from several months to a couple of years to complete, with most cases taking around 12-18 months.

Factors Affecting Treatment Time

The length of time it takes for Invisalign to treat rotated teeth will depend on several factors, including the severity of the rotation, the number of teeth involved, and the patient's individual response to treatment.

What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment

During treatment, the patient will typically wear a series of custom-made clear aligners that are changed every two weeks. The aligners gradually shift the teeth into their correct positions, including rotating any teeth that need it.

The exact number of aligners needed will vary depending on the specific case, but most Invisalign patients will receive between 20-30 aligners over the course of treatment.

A Last Word on Invisalign to Keep in Mind

It's important to note that treatment time can be affected by patient compliance (wearing the aligners as directed) and the skill and experience of the treating orthodontist.

A consultation with a skilled dental health professional can provide more information on the expected treatment time for individual cases.

Want More Information About Invisalign?

To find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, contact our Virginia Beach practice today. Call us at (757) 473-8482 or send us a message online.

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The Smile Center in Virginia Beach has been providing high-quality dental care since 1988. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (757) 473-8482 today.

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