Do you have an overbite? If so, you’re probably wondering whether Invisalign is capable of fixing it. The good news is it can! Aside from straightening teeth, the clear aligners can also address a wide range of bite problems. Are you interested in learning more? Read on as we discuss which dental issues Invisalign can fix, how the process works, and the benefits of correcting bite problems with it.
What Tooth and Bite Problems Can Invisalign Fix?
Right off the bat, patients with a “healthy bite” and minor crowding or spacing are certainly the easiest to fix. Since they don’t have major bite correction needs, they can expect treatment to be fairly short and receive stunning results. But what about patients with overbites or other bite problems? Well, thanks to 20 years of extensive research, Invisalign has proven to be capable of fixing these issues. Overbites are one of the most common bite problems among all age groups, so Invisalign must work in those circumstances.
How Does Invisalign Correct Overbite?
It may surprise you to learn that not all overbites are fixed in the same way. Several factors are taken into account to determine the best method of correction, such as the age of the patient, severity of overbite, and how well the patient handles treatment. Let’s take a closer look at how tooth/bite problems are addressed in different age groups.
For patients 12 years old or younger, their growth can be used to help correct an overbite. A special appliance called Invisalign Mandibular Advancement uses plastic wings to help a growing child posture their lower jaw forward in small, consistent increments. The process helps properly direct a child’s growth while simultaneously straightening the teeth and aligning the jaw.
Teenage or Adult Patients
After about 13 years of age, a patient is done growing and can no longer rely on mandibular advancement appliances to correct an overbite. Instead, elastics are used to gradually move the bottom teeth forward while moving the top teeth back. For those with severe overbites, an additional “motion” appliance is used to correct the issue. This technique involves placing a small bar on the upper teeth. Elastics are also used to help reduce the overbite while simultaneously straightening the lower arch.
Benefits of Correcting Bite Problems with Invisalign
With Invisalign orthodontic treatment, you can expect to reap several benefits, including:
- The clear aligners are virtually invisible, meaning hardly anyone will notice you’re wearing them!
- Since the clear aligners are smooth and comfortable, you don’t have to worry about them injuring your mouth and causing cuts and abrasions.
- It’s easy to monitor the process, allowing for a more tailored treatment experience.
- There are no dietary restrictions while undergoing treatment. You don’t have to worry about the clear aligners interrupting your day-to-day life.
In short, yes – Invisalign can fix overbites and other tooth/bite problems. That means you can work towards the smile of your dreams without the pain, hassle, and self-consciousness of other orthodontic solutions! What’s not to love?
About the Practice
At Water’s Edge Dental, we offer exceptional, state-of-the-art, compassionate dental care that’s guaranteed to exceed even your highest expectations. Our team uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure you’re receiving the best treatment possible. If you have bite problems, we can correct them with Invisalign. To learn more, visit our website or call (386) 516-451.