An overbite is a malocclusion where the front teeth are more protruded. While most people would probably like to get an overbite fixed for aesthetic reasons, it can also increase your risk of developing dental problems.
Overbites can lead to more cavities, worn down teeth, and even lead to a painful jaw disorder called TMJ.
Traditionally, overbites were fixed by wearing braces or jaw surgery, depending on the type of overbite the patient had. But today, there’s an additional option that makes for a very discreet treatment process: Invisalign.
Invisalign is a type of clear aligner used to treat minor to moderate tooth alignment issues. They are a very popular alternative to metal braces because they are virtually unnoticeable when you wear them.
The aligners apply constant pressure to the teeth, which helps slowly move them to their most optimal position. Patients will need several aligners throughout their treatment. Your orthodontist will switch your pairs weekly or biweekly, depending on your treatment plan.
First, you should know there are two types of overbites:
If you have a skeletal overbite, unfortunately, Invisalign won’t help. These cases require surgery or a combination of braces and surgery to correct.
But Invisalign can successfully fix many cases of dental overbites. Though they cannot apply the same amount of pressure on the teeth as braces, orthodontists can use attachments to complement the aligners and fix even moderate cases of overbites.
Invisalign provides many compelling benefits:
Here are some downsides to consider:
Interested in Invisalign to fix your overbite? Marysville dentist, Dr. Katie Montgomery, can help you find out if these clear aligners are the right solution for you.
Schedule an Invisalign consultation at Montgomery Family Dental today and discover your treatment options.