Invisalign clear aligners can be used to resolve a range of bite-related issues.

If you are struggling with an orthodontic issue, you might be wondering what your treatment options are. While traditional braces remain a very popular and reliable solution, many adults prefer to go for a treatment that is more discreet. Invisalign clear aligners are often a good option, but can they resolve serious dental problems like overbites? The answer is that, yes, in many cases, clear aligners are a possibility when it comes to addressing an overbite, which is one of the most common orthodontic concerns. Read on to find out when clear aligners can be used, and if they are right for you…

What is an overbite?

There are two main types of overbites: vertical and horizontal. A vertical overbite refers to a case in which the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth quite considerably. A horizontal overbite, on the other hand, occurs when the top teeth protrude out in front of the bottom teeth. Both of these issues are usually caused by dental or skeletal problems, and the type of overbite that you have, as well as whether it is caused by the improper position of your teeth or a problem related to the structure of your jaw, will affect the treatment that your orthodontist recommends.

Why should an overbite be treated?

If you have an overbite, it is important to know that the issue can lead to a number of problems if it is left untreated. These potential complications include difficulty with biting and chewing; certain speech problems, such as a lisp; and jaw pain that can be caused by jaw and muscle strain.

Overbites can also contribute to wear and tear of the enamel, which in time, can lead to tooth decay and gums disease. Like most bite-related problems, an overbite can lead to TMJ-related issues, including persistent headaches or migraines; facial pain; and even earache.

Can you fix an overbite with Invisalign?

Although an overbite can lead to a number of issues, the good news is that the problem can be resolved with the correct orthodontic treatment. In fact, an overbites can often be treated with clear aligners, although this will depend on a few factors, including the severity of your concern. The best starting point is to consult with your orthodontist as they will be able to confirm whether or not clear aligners are right for you.

If your orthodontist recommends clear aligners, they will begin the process by taking 3D dental impressions of your teeth and formulating a customised treatment plan for you based on your unique needs.

You will be given a series of clear aligners that work by exerting pressure on your teeth, gradually shifting them into new positions over time. Each set of aligners is designed very accurately to fit your teeth at each stage of treatment — you will need to change your aligners every week or two depending on your orthodontist’s recommendation. Over time, your teeth will shift and your overbite will lessen until you have achieved a healthier, straighter, and more functional smile.

How can we help?

If you have an orthodontic concern that you would like addressed, or would simply like to straighten mildly misaligned teeth, we encourage you to come in and see us. We will assess your teeth and bite and let you know if you are a suitable candidate for clear aligners.

At Integra Dental, we are one of only a few practices that has an intra oral scanner and 3D printer to fabricate clear aligners in-house. This means that we can provide you with the treatment at a lower cost than usual, and it also allows us to have more control over the process.

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