What can and can’t clear aligners fix?

At Black Orthodontics, we’ve helped many people across Western North Carolina address their orthodontic issues with clear aligners. Find out if clear aligners are right for you, and learn more about other treatment options we offer, by scheduling a free in-office or virtual consultation

What can clear aligners fix?

Clear aligners’ sleek ultramodern design and easy application make it a great way to treat a variety of concerns including correcting bites, adjusting alignments, closing gaps, and more! Simply by wearing aligners 22 hours a day — and trusting a qualified orthodontist — you can transform your teeth into a five-star smile. 

Clear aligners can manage the following issues:


When the upper teeth overlap the lower front teeth, this is known as an overbite. Overbites can cause many issues, including issues with biting and chewing. Clear aligners can align your upper and lower teeth, so they fit more naturally together.


If your bottom teeth are not aligning with your upper teeth, you may have an underbite. Underbites can cause tooth wear and affect your speech. Clear aligners guide the lower teeth into a more comfortable position. 


Additionally, if only some of your upper teeth rest inside your lower teeth, this is known as a crossbite. For many patients, clear aligners will help correct this issue and guide your teeth into a better position.


When there is space between your teeth, that is known as a gap. In addition to being unsightly, gaps can cause irritation and contribute to gum disease. Using clear aligners, you can close the gaps, which will improve your overall oral health and appearance.

Crowded teeth

A lack of jaw space causes your teeth to overlap or twist. Crowded teeth can’t fit in the space they are allotted and put you at risk of accumulating tartar and plaque, which contribute to tooth decay and periodontal disease. In many cases, clear aligners can address and align your smile. 

What can’t clear aligners fix?

While clear aligners’ convenience is a plus, you must commit to wearing your aligners every day in order to gain total compliance. Keeping your aligners in for 20-22 hours every day will help coax your teeth into a proper position. If you have trouble meeting that requirement, you may need to seek other comfortable options like braces

The skilled professionals at Black Orthodontics have been helping our community reach their smile goals for over 30 years. Every patient needs a different level of intervention and — in some cases — your clear aligner treatment may need to be paired with other options. Whatever your need, Black Orthodontics will help you discover the best treatment plan for your lifestyle.

Are clear aligners right for me?

The comfort, flexibility, and discrete profile of clear aligners make it an ideal treatment option for patients of any age. Clear aligner users report noticeably improved results in as little as six weeks. When used with an orthodontist’s supervision, clear aligners revitalize your mouth with an eye-catching smile.  

If you start treatment and realize clear aligners aren’t integrating well into your routine, we will offer you the option of rejuvenating your smile with Damon Braces. Damon Braces are a simple alternative to help you achieve your ideal smile. These self-ligating braces feature barely noticeable appliances that blend seamlessly into your mouth. Plus, we will switch out your treatment plan at no extra cost to you. 

No matter your condition, when you trust Black Orthodontics with your alignment, you can be confident you’re receiving expert treatment from seasoned specialists. Plus, with affordable options and flexible payment plans, it’s never been easier to reinvigorate your smile with clear aligners. Schedule your free smile assessment now to learn more about your options.