Although Invisalign can straighten teeth, can it also correct an overbite? In this guide to Invisalign overbite correction, you’ll learn everything you need to know.
What Exactly Is Invisalign?
It is an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces for orthodontists. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth.
The mouthpieces that athletes wear to protect their teeth are similar to Invisalign aligners. They’re smaller and straightforward, making them easy to wear and less noticeable to others.
The aligners can be taken out at any time. We recommend taking them outside to brush and eat.
Metal braces and the wires that go with them are attached to your teeth for up to two years. Metal braces can be uncomfortable at times, and they can also cause a dull ache. The inside of your mouth can be cut and scratched by metal braces.
You get a break from the uncomfortable mouthfeel with Invisalign, and that’s just the beginning. Invisalign treatments are frequently more effective and take less time to complete.
What Exactly is an Overbite?
When the teeth are clenched, and the mouth is closed together, an overbite is a dental condition in which upper teeth protrude noticeably out from the lower teeth. An overbite is usually caused by:
- Sucking of thumb,
- Tongue thrusting,
- Excessive use of pacifiers/bottles, or
The upper teeth often protrude over the bottom lip in people with severe overbite (horizontal overbite). Adults who have overbites and want to straighten their teeth may be concerned about the discomfort of wearing metal braces.
Overbite Correction Using Invisalign
Because Invisalign’s clear aligners are clear and thus invisible to the untrained eye, they have gained popularity over traditional metal braces. In most cases, Invisalign aligners are more effective than braces, making them even more appealing.
The orthodontist will order a series of aligners based on your 3-D image scan results. You come in for an evaluation every four weeks. In most cases, a new aligner will be provided. You may need to stick with your current aligner at times.
We may use an elastic band to help shift stubborn teeth on rare occasions. The rubber band adds pressure to the teeth, moving more efficiently. In rare cases, oral surgery may be required before or after treatment to address other issues such as overcrowding.
Some conditions necessitate additional orthodontic treatment to achieve the best result possible.
Traditional braces may be required to raise or lower impacted teeth before your aligner regimen can begin. Excessive tooth rotation or crowding may necessitate surgery before you start using Invisalign.
Can Invisalign Fix Other Bite Problems?
Invisalign can correct most bite issues, including crossbites, open bites, and even underbites.
Depending on the severity and type of bite, wearing elastics or other additional appliances may be required.
Your orthodontist will assess each case individually and, based on prior experience, will recommend the most appropriate treatment to correct your bite.
There is more that goes into each step. However, the Invisalign procedure is relatively simple.
Complications of an Uncorrected Overbite
An overbite can be very uncomfortable, especially since it can affect the appearance of your teeth. Correcting an overbite could be a desire to improve your appearance and smile. However, it would help to keep in mind that an uncorrected overbite can lead to various dental and health issues.
Overbites, for example, make speech difficult. You may develop a speech impediment as a result, or you may overcompensate when articulating certain words.
An overbite can make chewing difficult and, in the worst-case scenario, cause gum damage. This occurs when the gum line in the back of your upper front teeth comes into contact with your lower front teeth. The upper teeth contact the gum line, causing your gums to recede. Gum disease and tooth loss are both caused by damaged gums.
An overbite can also cause tooth wear and damage, as well as sleep apnea. Another complication of an uncorrected overbite is jaw pain. Misaligned jaws can cause chronic jaw pain and headaches, leading to Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD).
Is it Possible to Prevent Overbites?
Yes, it is possible. Avoiding childhood habits such as sucking of thumb and nail-biting can help reduce or prevent overbites. Early intervention is critical when genetics is involved. According to the Association of Orthodontists, children as young as seven should see an orthodontist.
Everyone has the right to be proud of their smile. That perfectly aligned smile doesn’t come naturally to most of us. This is where we can help. We at Mindarie-Quinns Dental are committed to ensuring your oral health and ensuring that you leave our office with a gorgeous smile. Contact us today to book a consultation.
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