Invisalign® is one of the most popular forms of teeth straightening, and it can be used to address a range of teeth and jaw alignment concerns, including mild to moderate overbites. It is helpful to have a full understanding of what overbites can be addressed with Invisalign and which ones may require different or more invasive treatments to fix.
Invisalign® for overbite treatment
One of the many alignment concerns that Invisalign® can fix is an overbite. However, not all instances of an overbite can be addressed through Invisalign® treatment. The following is an overview of what Invisalign® and an overbite are and when Invisalign® might be the best treatment solution.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a type of clear aligner treatment. Invisalign® utilizes transparent trays that are custom-designed for the patient who wears them, and they are worn over natural teeth. The clear aligners slowly and gently move teeth into a more ideal position. The patient is required to visit the general dentist regularly to receive new aligners as their teeth shift. Depending on the issue, the treatment can take anywhere from six months to a year and a half, followed by wearing a retainer.
What is an overbite?
An overbite occurs when the upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth. It can be the result of poor jaw alignment, and crooked or overcrowded teeth can make an overbite feel and appear worse. It is often hereditary, but poor childhood habits can play a role as well. While some overbites are minor and do not cause any real concerns, other individuals may struggle with issues such as speech impediments, jaw pain and difficulty eating. Many also tend to feel insecure by the appearance of their overbite.
When can Invisalign® treat an overbite?
As discussed, Invisalign® can treat most mild to moderate overbites, whereas surgery or traditional braces might be necessary for severe cases. For mild to moderate overbites, the Invisalign® dentist can tailor a specific plan to correct the overbite over the duration of the treatment. Due to Invisalign®’s fairly new “Precision Cuts,” more overbite patients than ever before are eligible for Invisalign® treatment. Of course, it is best to consult with a dentist to determine if Invisalign is an appropriate option.
Other treatment options for severe cases
Invisalign® is ideal for most mild to moderate overbites, but it may not be an option for severe cases. If the patient has an overbite that is severe and not able to be treated through Invisalign®, the dentist may recommend either traditional braces or another form of treatment such as minor surgery to fix the concern.
Talk to a general dentist today about Invisalign® treatment
The first step for patients in the Invisalign® process is to arrange a visit with a dental professional who offers treatment. At a general dentist's office, patients can expect to receive help with Invisalign® through the entire treatment, from the consultation visit to providing aftercare following the completion of treatment.
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