Can Invisalign Fix An Overbite?

14 Mar 2017 by  admin in Invisalign

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.

Who is Invisalign for?

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.

Is your overbite severe?

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.

How does Invisalign correct overbites?

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.

What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment for overbite?

Compared to traditional braces, wearers say Invisalign:

  • Looks more natural than a mouthful of metal wires and rubber bands.
  • Is more comfortable to wear, without making their gums bleed.
  • Allows better dental hygiene, as they can simply remove the trays to brush.
  • Lets wearers eat whatever they want, as they can still brush and floss like usual.

How long does it take to treat an overbite with 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.

Find out if Invisalign is right for you

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.

Additional “Invisalign for overbite” resources

  1. Colgate – When Overbite Correction Can Be Beneficial
  2. Real Self – Will Invisalign Correct Overbite?
  3. Invisalign – Treatable Cases
  4. Invisalign – Before and After
  5. Invisalign – Overbite
  6. Web Dental – Who Qualifies for Invisalign?
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