Invisalign® with Mandibular Advancement
After years of successfully straightening teeth, Invisalign is now offering mandibular advancement to correct Class II malocclusion, otherwise known as an overbite. Traditionally, overbites have been treated with Headgear or Herbst appliances, but now these same clear aligners can also be used to encourage the lower jaw to move forward in younger patients who are still growing.
Invisalign with Mandibular Advancement looks much like regular Invisalign aligners, with one key difference: there are wings located between the premolars and first molars on both the top and bottom set of aligners. These two sets of wings interlock and place the lower jaw in a more advanced position. With time, skeletal correction takes place, with the lower jaw eventually growing into its proper placement, eliminating the overbite.
Advantages of Invisalign with Mandibular Advancement
While we offer a few different appliances that correct overbites, Invisalign with MA is an exciting development in orthodontics and we’re proud to offer it to our patients. Patients choose Invisalign with MA because:
- Like other Invisalign products, Invisalign with MA is discreet—you can smile with pride knowing no one will notice your orthodontic appliance.
- Invisalign with MA straightens your teeth at the same time as it corrects your overbite.
- With Invisalign, you’ll be able to continue to eat all your favorite foods and brush and floss as usual since your aligners can be removed.
- Invisalign with MA doesn’t require uncomfortable hardware.
- The Invisalign with MA system is more affordable than traditional means of mandibular advancement.
Frequently Asked Questions About Overbites and Mandibular Advancement
How long does it take to correct an overbite?
The amount of time needed to correct an overbite depends on the severity of the overbite and compliance with treatment. Invisalign with Mandibular Advancement treatment time usually ranges between six to twenty-four months.
Do overbites need to be corrected?
Overbites should be corrected to prevent future issues with the teeth and jaws. When the top and bottom arches of teeth don’t meet as they should, the bite is unbalanced and inherently more unstable; over time, the lack of proper function can cause teeth to become damaged from abnormal wear.
How can you fix an overbite without surgery?
We can usually correct an overbite without surgery in children and teens by using mandibular advancement appliances like Invisalign with MA. With adults there is no growth potential to manipulate and no options to correct the issue without jaw surgery, although you can see some improvement through extraction of adult teeth or interarch elastics that pull the lower jaw forward.
Can Invisalign bring the jaw forward?
With Invisalign, the Mandibular Advancement appliance can bring the lower jaw forward and correct certain types of overbites.
Does Invisalign change your face shape?
Orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign can change the profile of the face. When the Invisalign Mandibular Advancement Appliance is used in a growing child, the changes can be even more dramatic, improving jaw alignment and facial profile.
Call 203-625-9888 to learn more and schedule your appointment.