Overbites can be hereditary or developed as a result of habits like thumb-sucking or eraser-chewing. No matter the cause, they become problematic when they cause speech impairment, jaw pain, tooth enamel to wear down faster, or erode the individual’s self-confidence. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot offer Invisalign, which can correct overbite, without braces or surgery.
Overbite is one of the many orthodontic issues Invisalign can help. Most people have some degree of overlap, where the top teeth cover the bottom. Minor cases may be treated with porcelain veneers or crowns. Invisalign has treated many overbites ranging from 5-25%. Mild or normal overlaps generally measure from 3 to 5 mm.
A “severe” overbite is sometimes called a “retrognathic” or “class two” overbite. An abnormal overbite has an overlap measuring over 5 mm. Invisalign may not be able to straighten and realign the teeth drastically enough in these cases. Alternatives we offer include a year or two of traditional braces, extractions, veneers, or jaw repositioning surgery.
A dentist takes pictures, x-rays, and dental impressions to design the right custom Invisalign device for the patient. Then, invisible plastic trays are worn over the teeth, day and night, whenever the wearer is not eating. Every few weeks, the wearer will check back in with the dentist, who will fabricate a new series of aligners. Slowly, over time, the overbite disappears, the teeth straighten, and the wearer enjoys a more beautiful smile.
Compared to traditional braces, wearers say Invisalign:
Every patient is different, so it’s impossible to predict how long it will take for an overbite to go away with Invisalign. In one case history, Invisalign treated a 38-year-old woman’s overbite in approximately 20 months.
Contact Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot to begin the process with a consultation at our Rocky Point, NY office. X-rays and impressions are necessary to understand the alignment of your upper and lower jaws. From there, you’ll learn if Invisalign is the right treatment for you.
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