Are you bothered with your overbite and in search of an effective treatment option for overbites? Consider Invisalign.
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. It has gained popularity due to its discreet appearance and comfortable fit compared to traditional metal braces.
In this informative blog, we’ll explore the potential of Invisalign in addressing overbite issues toward ensuring a straighter smile.
What Is an Overbite?
An overbite is a common orthodontic issue that occurs when your upper teeth considerably protrude over your lower teeth when you close your mouth.
Types of Overbites
There are two types of overbites, such as:
- Vertical Overbite (Deep Bite). This is a condition where the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth vertically. This means when the mouth is closed, the upper teeth cover more of the lower teeth than is considered normal. This can be due to various reasons including genetics, thumb sucking during childhood, or abnormal growth of the bones in the jaw. A significant vertical overbite can cause issues like wear and tear on the lower teeth, and jaw pain, and may affect chewing and speech.
- Horizontal Bite (Overjet). This is a type of malocclusion where the upper front teeth protrude outward over the lower front teeth, creating a horizontal gap. Just like other types of malocclusions, a horizontal overbite can be caused by various factors including genetics, thumb sucking in childhood, or abnormal growth of the jaw bones. This condition can lead to problems such as difficulty in speaking and eating, damage to the teeth, and may affect a person’s appearance.
What Are the Potential Dangers of Ignoring Overbite?
Over time, an untreated overbite can lead to chronic jaw pain and headaches due to an abnormal jaw alignment. This is because the misalignment can cause strain on the jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints, resulting in painful conditions such as TMJ disorders.
Overlapping teeth can make dental care challenging, as some areas may be harder to reach, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Hidden food debris and plaque may accumulate in these hard-to-reach spots, promoting bacterial growth and tooth decay.
The pressure on teeth caused by an overbite can also lead to chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth. In severe cases, this can cause sensitive teeth. This happens as the upper teeth may exert excessive pressure on the lower teeth, leading to wear and tear and even potential fractures or chips.
Overbites, particularly severe instances, can lead to speech impediments, making it more difficult for an individual to pronounce words correctly. This is because the misalignment can affect the normal movement and positioning of the tongue and lips required for clear speech.
Overbites can cause difficulty in chewing food properly. This can lead to digestive issues as a result of improperly chewed food. Because of the misalignment, the lower and upper teeth may not meet correctly, making it challenging to bite into and chew food effectively.
In some cases, an overbite may cause irregularities in breathing, potentially leading to conditions like sleep apnea. A severe overbite can push the lower jaw and tongue further back into the throat, obstructing the airway and causing breathing issues.
Altered Facial Structure
Overbites can cause changes in facial aesthetics, often leading to an overly pronounced chin or a ‘moon face.’ The misalignment of the jaw can noticeably affect one’s facial profile, and in severe cases, it can lead to substantial changes in the facial structure.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment using clear aligner trays to shift teeth into their correct positions gradually. The trays are custom-made for each patient based on a 3D scan of their teeth. Unlike traditional braces, they are virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable to wear.
You have to wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours per day for two weeks before moving to another set. This cycle continues until you complete your treatment.
Invisalign can correct a wide variety of mild to moderate dental issues, such as:
- Gap teeth
- Open bite
- Crowded teeth
Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?
Yes, Invisalign can fix an overbite. It helps gently move the teeth into the proper position using a series of clear, removable aligners. These aligners apply regulated force to the teeth to gradually change their position. It’s a more cosmetic, less intrusive, and often a more comfortable alternative to traditional braces.
Treatment time varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the overbite. However, you typically begin to see improvements within the first three months.
What Is the Process of Getting Invisalign?
Step 1: Consultation
Consult with a dental professional specializing in orthodontic treatment. They can determine whether Invisalign will be effective by examining your upper teeth and dental issues.
Step 2: Diagnosis
If you’re experiencing jaw pain or gum disease, or have moderate to severe overbites, these complications may affect your treatment plan. Your dental professional can classify what types of overbites you have.
Step 3: Treatment Plan
Your dental professional will develop a bespoke plan for the Invisalign aligner trays using 3D imaging technology.
Step 4: Manufacturing Aligners
The images are then sent to the Invisalign lab, where your custom aligners are made. This replaces the need for traditional metal braces.
Step 5: Patient Compliance
This step involves the patient understanding that the aligner trays are removable trays but should still be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day.
Step 6: Changes and Check-Ups
Invisalign aligners are replaced every two weeks or so, gradually moving your teeth into correct alignment over a treatment time typically spanning 12 to 18 months. Regular check-ups with your dentist are an essential part of the treatment to monitor progress.
Step 7: Post-Treatment Maintenance
Once the treatment process is over, patients may still need to wear retainers to maintain the changes made during treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Invisalign to Correct Overbite?
- Comfort and Convenience. Invisalign uses custom-made plastic aligner trays that apply gentle pressure on your teeth. These aligner trays are smooth and comfortable, unlike traditional metal braces that can cause discomfort due to sharp ends. Plus, since they are removable, it makes cleaning your teeth much easier.
- Invisibility. One of the main reasons why Invisalign has become a popular alternative to metal braces is because they are virtually invisible. This can be especially advantageous for adult patients who might be self-conscious about undergoing orthodontic treatment.
- Reduced Treatment Time. With diligent use—approximately 22 hours per day, Invisalign can often fix moderate overbites faster than traditional braces.
- Prevents Additional Dental Issues. Overbites can cause many other dental issues, like jaw pain, gum disease, and speech impediments. Timely treatment with Invisalign helps prevent these problems.
- Customized Treatment Plan. Invisalign treatment is customized to each patient’s specific dental overbite issues, whether a skeletal overbite, a vertical overbite, or a horizontal overbite. A professional uses 3D imaging technology to map out a precise treatment plan for the upper teeth.
- Improved Oral Hygiene. Traditional braces can make cleaning teeth more challenging, potentially leading to tooth decay. Removable Invisalign aligners allow you to carry out your regular oral hygiene routines without obstructions.
Begin Your Journey Towards a Straighter Smile Today at Platinum Dental Group
Invisalign aligners are an aesthetically pleasing and efficient way to correct overbites. If you have any questions or would like to explore treatment options, contact Platinum Dental Group today!
Our team is ready to help you explore your options and guide you on your journey towards a straighter smile. We have helped multiple patients achieve beautiful, confident smiles with Invisalign, and we can do the same for you. We can show you overbite before and after Invisalign pictures of our happy patients and discuss how we can also transform your smile through Invisalign.
Schedule an appointment with us today and let us help you achieve the smile of your dreams!