Can Invisalign Fix An Underbite

Can Invisalign Fix An Underbite?

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Invisalign is an alternative orthodontic treatment to braces. It can do most of the same things braces can do, from straightening teeth to aligning your bite. But can Invisalign fix an underbite? 

The short answer is, it depends. Here’s what you need to know about orthodontic treatment if you have an underbite or any significant bite misalignment. 

What is Invisalign? 

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic retainer-like trays to shift the teeth into proper alignment. The trays, called aligners, are essentially invisible, allowing you to straighten your teeth discreetly. They are also removable for eating and cleaning your teeth, making them a convenient alternative to braces. Your treatment will consist of a series of aligners, each of which you will need to wear for about two weeks, then switch to the next in order until you have achieved the desired results. 

Invisalign Treatment for Bite Misalignment

Invisalign gradually shifts the teeth into the proper position in the jaw. This can also help to align the bite so that the upper row of teeth meet together properly with the lower row of teeth. In some cases Invisalign can correct bite misalignment, but it depends on the severity and the cause. 

For example, an underbite occurs when the upper row of teeth meet behind the lower row of teeth when you bite down. If changing the position of the teeth can correct the problem, Invisalign would be an effective treatment option in this case. However, if the cause of the bite misalignment is due to the shape or structure of the jaw, other treatment options may be necessary, such as braces and possibly surgery. 

Invisalign for Adults vs Invisalign Teen

There are two different versions of Invisalign. One is for adults and the other is designed specifically for teenagers. What makes these two treatments different are just a few small features. The treatment method is the same, but Invisalign Teen includes extra replacement aligners in case any are lost or damaged. The aligners also have indicators that change color if they are worn long enough, helping to measure compliance. Invisalign Teen is just as effective at correcting an underbite as standard Invisalign. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign? 


Does Invisalign cost more than braces? 

Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces in most cases. If you are a candidate for both treatment options, we can provide an estimate for each so that you can compare the cost and make a fully informed decision. 

Does insurance cover Invisalign? 

If your dental insurance plan includes coverage for orthodontic treatment, Invisalign typically qualifies. Contact your insurance provider or refer to your benefits guide for more information about coverage for Invisalign. 

How Can I Find Out if Invisalign Will Work For Me? 

If you’re wondering if you could be a candidate for Invisalign, the best way to find out is to have an evaluation by a certified Invisalign provider. Garrick F. Wong, DMD, MS provides Invisalign and Invisalign Teen for eligible patients. After a brief evaluation, Dr. Wong can determine whether or not Invisalign would be an effective orthodontic treatment for you, or if another option may be better to achieve the desired results. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health and function of your smile. 

Call 203-625-9888 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.