Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?

Overbites are a common condition that accounts for almost 70 percent of all dental issues. One of the most common questions we get is, “Can you fix an overbite with Invisalign?” Luckily, the answer is yes! While there are a variety of ways to treat an overbite, clear aligners is one that may surprise you. Invisalign is a relatively new treatment option (compared to braces), and many people are curious know more about how it works.

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Does Invisalign fix overbite

Invisalign can treat an overbite by gradually shifting the teeth into their proper position. The alignment of teeth is just one aspect of treating an overbite. Your dentist or orthodontist will determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign or if another treatment option is more appropriate for your needs.

What is an overbite?

An overbite is a kind of malocclusion or improper bite. It occurs when the top row of teeth juts out over the bottom row. In a normal bite, the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth slightly, and the back molars match up in a vertical line. In an overbite, that vertical alignment between upper and lower molars is lost. The back of the bottom row of teeth can be seen behind the upper front teeth.

Overbites can be caused by genetics, or they can develop due to childhood oral habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Braces or other orthodontic treatments like clear aligners can usually correct them.

Invisalign vs Braces Effectiveness for Fixing an Overbite

Both Invisalign and traditional metal braces are both effective at treating overbites. Invisalign uses a series of removable trays to straighten teeth over time. For overbites, the Invisalign device will work to rotate the upper teeth backward and the lower teeth forward so that they sit on top of each other appropriately. The series of aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day for the treatment to be successful. Invisalign treatment typically lasts one year but can last longer depending on how severe the problem is.

Traditional metal braces are typically used when more extensive orthodontic work is needed. They are more invasive than Invisalign trays, and treatment typically lasts between two and three years. Traditional braces work by gluing metal brackets to the teeth and threading a wire through them to pull the teeth into alignment. Braces also use elastic rubber bands to help move certain teeth into place.

Patients who choose Invisalign will have higher initial costs but will also have greater flexibility in their day-to-day lives and overall easier maintenance of their oral hygiene. Both methods have their pros and cons, and depending on your personal preference, one way may be more beneficial than the other. Consult with your dentist to see which method will work best for you.

Why is an overbite a problem?

It can seem like a purely aesthetic concern when you have an overbite. What you may not realize, however, is that it’s also more than that: if left untreated, overbites can start to show some of the following symptoms.

  • An overbite or “deep bite” may lead to excessive wear to the tooth enamel, cavities, and gum disease.
  • Increased chance of tooth damage.
  • Sensitive teeth can be caused by the pressure of your upper jaw pushing down onto your lower teeth, leaving them more vulnerable to heat and cold and making them more likely to chip or crack.
  • An open bite – This is where the upper teeth don’t touch the lower teeth when you close your mouth, meaning that a small gap remains between them at all times. An open bite can cause difficulty chewing and biting, making it hard to speak correctly. It also tends to place excess pressure on certain parts of the jaw, leading to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).
  • Jaw pain — If you clench your jaw frequently, you could end up experiencing pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is located where the mandible and temporal bone come together in front of each earlobe. Overbites can strain the muscles in your jaw as they work harder than usual to close your mouth correctly.
  • Damage to gums – When they’re not in their correct alignment, front teeth may dig into or excessively brush against gums, causing irritation or damage if left untreated. This irritation can also make gums more prone to infection as they become inflamed or swollen and bleeding due to brushing or flossing in this incorrect position over time.

Benefits of Clear Aligner Treatment for Overbite

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Compared to traditional metal braces, clear aligners with Invisalign have many benefits for people who want to straighten their teeth.

  • The biggest benefit is the clear aligners offered by Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted without anyone knowing you’re wearing them. You can smile more during social or professional interactions, and you won’t have to feel self-conscious about wearing metal wires and brackets on your teeth.
  • The ability to remove the aligner makes it easy for patients to maintain good oral dental hygiene during treatment. This means easy access to brush and floss (decreasing your chances of tooth decay) and the ability to eat whatever foods you want.
  • The aligner trays are made of a comfortable and smooth material that won’t irritate your gums, and cheeks like traditional braces often do. The clear plastic aligner material is virtually invisible, so no one will notice you’re wearing them!
  • You spend less time in the dentist’s chair getting adjustments, which means fewer appointments and less time away from work or school.

How Long Does it Take to Correct an Overbite with Clear Aligners?

Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from six to eighteen months. The average treatment time is about one year to correct an overbite. The exact length of the treatment depends on the severity of the condition and the specific needs of each individual case. For example, adults may need to wear their aligners longer than teens because their teeth are no longer growing and cannot be moved as quickly into place.  Below are different levels of an overbite.

A mild overbite is when your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth by 1-2 millimeters. A moderate overbite is when your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth by 3-4 millimeters. And a severe overbite is when your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth by 5 millimeters or more.

If you have a mild or even moderate overbite, clear aligners could be a good option because they usually take between 12 and 20 weeks to treat mild and moderate cases. On the other hand, if you have a severe overbite, this means that your upper jaw bone has grown too far forward. In this case, clear aligners may not work, and the best alternative will be other orthodontic procedures.

How We Use Invisalign to Fix an Overbite

Invisalign aligners are created with the patient’s specific needs in mind. After your dentist takes your dental impressions and plans your treatment, Invisalign uses computer technology to create a sequence of custom aligners, each moving your teeth slightly differently. Depending on your treatment plan, you wear each aligner for one to two weeks, removing it only to eat, brush, and floss. The aligner trays are designed to gradually shift your teeth into the correct positions at every stage of the treatment plan, delivering gradual results over time. When you’re done with your entire treatment, you’ll have a straight smile that looks great and feels fantastic!

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When to talk with a dental professional about Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that helps you get the smile you’ve always wanted without metal braces. But just how do you know if Invisalign is right for you? The best way to determine this is to speak with a dental professional.
So if you are self-conscious about your smile and would prefer to have a straighter smile without calling attention to traditional braces. Or want to straighten your teeth by correcting an overbite, underbite, crossbite or similar issues, we can help! When you come in for an Invisalign consultation, we’ll talk about your dental needs and goals so that we can create a personalized treatment plan for your unique smile.

Common questions About Invisalign

Invisalign offers treatment for a wide range of orthodontic problems, including misaligned teeth, crooked and crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite.

If you’re looking to pay for your Invisalign treatment plan, you have a few options. First, talk to your dentist and insurance carrier to see if they can help you determine the best payment plan for you. Second, check with your FSA or HSA administrator to see if you can use pre-tax dollars from those accounts. And third, some dentists offer financing through third-party financing groups, or, your dentist may offer a discount plan if paid in advance.

Invisalign is an excellent solution for improving your smile, but it isn’t for everyone. Some prior dental work can preclude patients from using Invisalign. A patient with a dental bridge, porcelain veneers, or crowns may not be able to use Invisalign because the attachments won’t be able to bond to the surface. Before any treatment is performed, your dentist will check your previous dental treatment history to ensure Invisalign is a good option.

Find an Invisalign Dentist in Allen and Fairview

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No two smiles are exactly alike, and each deserves its unique treatment plan. If you’ve been thinking about clear aligners with Invisalign or want more information about orthodontic treatment options for straighter teeth, our team would love to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We’re here to answer all of your oral health questions and work with you on your orthodontic journey from start to finish. This is a big decision, but it will change your life for the better.

To schedule your in-person consultation, contact Sloan Creek Dental, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. You can reach us at our Fairview, TX dental office to schedule an in-person consultation with us today – 972-468-1440

Our dental office is located in Fairview, Texas, and our patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Allen, Plano, McKinney, and Lucas.