Does Invisalign Fix An Overbite?

by Sacks Orthodontics

Many patients who have an overbite take into careful consideration whether to choose a standard wire braces treatment or Invisalign to correct their smile. Some people may prefer going the more traditional route and choose wired braces, which for the most part, come with much more care restrictions than Invisalign. Invisalign can repair a patient’s overbite and ensure a straight, beautiful smile in minimal time. While it is easier to correct an overbite in younger patients, clients of all ages may use Invisalign to fix their overbite.

What Is An Overbite?

An Overbite is a misalignment of the teeth, generally with the top teeth resting in front of the lower teeth. It may cause a patient’s mouth to look smaller or have gums peeping more than usual. A Normal Bite usually is interpreted when the top tope hovers perfectly above the bottom teeth, and the patient could bite together with minimal space in between. There are different levels of severity with an overbite, one of them being a slight overlap of the top teeth or a severe overbite which tends to have the top teeth completely overlapping the bottom teeth.

What Causes An Overbite?

Many various factors can cause overbites. Some people are genetically born with overbites or develop overbites in infancy by sucking on their thumbs, pacifiers, etc. One of the most common overbite causes in adults is nail-biting or chewing on hard surfaces for long periods of time that enable teeth to shift out of place. Grinding teeth may also cause them to shift out of place when rubbed against one another.

How Long Does It Take To Fix An Overbite With Invisalign?

Depending on the severity of the patient’s overbite, Invisalign aligners can bring noticeable improving changes in as little as six months and take up to 2 years to perfectly align teeth. To see what treatment best fits the patient, it is highly recommended they schedule a consultation with an orthodontist where the doctor will analyze the severity of the patient’s oral cavity and set a treatment option for the best-looking results. The Invisalign aligners work together to shift the placement of the jaw and teeth in unison and allow proper evolvement in the course of treatment.

Why Is Fixing An Overbite Important?

Although an overbite may not seem like a big issue to some people, it is important to know that overbites can and may lead to significant hygiene and health issues. People with overbites tend to have difficulty cleaning between their teeth properly due to the crowding of teeth caused by the overbite itself. Due to the inability to properly cleanse the oral cavity, many patients have leftover food stuck between their teeth which is a source of bad breath and bacteria. The build-up of bacteria may lead to serious dental diseases and gum disease. Some more serious issues caused by overbites are extreme pain in the jaw due to the misalignment of the oral cavity. Such pain tends to bring discomfort such as difficulty speaking, eating, or sometimes even sleeping. It’s best to fix the problem and live happily with a beautiful smile.

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