Misaligned teeth are a common dental problem among children and adults. For those with an overbite, it’s important to know that serious complications arise when left untreated.
Traditional treatment options for overbites were reliant on metal braces. Today, less invasive and more comfortable options like Invisalign are available. Proven safe and to show results sooner; Invisalign can fix overbites when the candidate is qualified.
Don’t let a lack of knowledge prevent you from improving your dental health and getting the smile you want and deserve. Here’s what you need to know about overbite correction with Invisalign.
Two Types of Overbites
There are two types of overbites that have different appearances but a lot in common. A vertical overbite is when your top teeth substantially overlap your bottom teeth. A horizontal overbite happens when your top teeth are pushed out in front of your bottom teeth.
Regardless of how the overbite is distinguished, each type is a result of skeletal or dental issues. Skeletal overbites mean you have a jaw issue, while dental overbites indicate teeth placement problems. The type of overbite you have, and the initial cause, impact your orthodontic treatment.
Problems Caused by an Overbite
Overbites are hereditary or stem from bad habits in early development stages like nail-biting, thumb sucking, or prolonged pacifier use. Once an overbite presents itself, several problems arise. A few common problems are:
- Speech impediments such as a lisp
- Problems biting, chewing, and eating
- Jaw pain stemming from strained muscles
Internally, overbites often lead to damaged tooth enamel which results in cavities and gum disease. If damage progresses to the point of your bottom teeth hitting the roof of your mouth, then soft tissue damage occurs. Physical problems caused by overbites include:
- Joint-related issues
- Digestive issues
- Joint-related problems
Whether you’re an adult, teen, or child with an overbite, it’s essential to take action and find an orthodontic treatment to help you.
How Invisalign Fixes an Overbite
Can Invisalign fix an overbite?
The simple answer is, yes.
However, since each patient’s oral history is different, the success of Invisalign for overbites depends greatly on the individual. Invisalign is designed to help all ages and is custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth preciously.
Age and compliance are two big factors that contribute to the success of Invisalign. The timeline for Invisalign helping resolve an overbite is typically six months but also varies from case to case.
Invisalign works by straightening your teeth without wire and brackets. The customized, removable trays slowly move your teeth to a straighter position. Over time, each set of trays puts pressure on your teeth to push them forward.
If you’re a qualified candidate for Invisalign, your provider will take x-rays and 3D impressions of your teeth to start a treatment plan that works for you. A treatment plan will be established to tell you when to switch trays so that your overbite effectively diminishes.
Fix Your Overbite with Invisalign at Garrick F. Wong DMD Orthodontics
While our experienced staff treats all ages for overbites, it’s important to remember that the earlier an overbite is diagnosed, the easier it is to fix. Regardless of age, the severity of the overbite and the patient’s overall dental health affects the treatment plan and the time it takes to see results.