Invisalign is a popular treatment for misaligned teeth (or malocclusion of the teeth) primarily because, unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are transparent and easily removable. This allows many patients to correct malocclusions discreetly and relatively comfortably.
Additionally, Invisalign can sometimes be an effective treatment for an overbite. Consider discussing this topic in greater detail with a dental professional or orthodontist to learn whether Invisalign is a valid treatment option for your overbite.
What is an Overbite?
An overbite is a misalignment that involves the upper teeth protruding beyond the lower teeth. Along with affecting your appearance in a way you might not be pleased with, if left unaddressed, an overbite could potentially lead to such issues as:
- Discomfort when chewing
- Jaw pain
- Gum disease
- Difficulty breathing
- Cavities/tooth decay
- Speech difficulties
It’s not uncommon for patients with overbites to correct them with traditional braces. However, Invisalign may be an alternative option if a patient is a good candidate for this form of treatment.
How Invisalign Corrects an Overbite
A patient undergoing Invisalign treatment for an overbite will wear a set of transparent aligners that have been custom-designed to fit their teeth. Again, because these aligners are clear, they allow a patient to correct an overbite with virtually no noticeable impact on their appearance during treatment.
Over time, Invisalign aligners shift teeth into the proper position. Patients should be aware that this treatment method may take months to deliver full results. A dental professional can help you better understand how long your treatment may last.
The Benefits of Invisalign for Overbites
Minimal negative impact on your smile is just one of the benefits Invisalign offers. Other potential benefits of this treatment option include:
- Comfort: Many patients find that the clear plastic material from which Invisalign aligners are made is more comfortable to wear than traditional metal and wire braces. Again, these aligners are also fairly comfortable because they are designed for each specific patient.
- Convenience: Traditional braces must be worn for a set length of time and cannot be removed without the assistance of a professional. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, can easily be removed when patients need to brush their teeth or eat.
- Shorter treatment: Although it’s important to remember that treatment times can vary on a patient-by-patient basis, often, correcting an overbite with Invisalign treatment takes less time than with traditional braces. This is once again due to the fact that Invisalign aligners are designed for absolute precision.
I Have an Overbite: Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign Treatment?
Although Invisalign is often an option for patients with overbites, there are instances in which Invisalign is not the best treatment method. Factors such as the severity of a patient’s overbite can influence whether Invisalign is a worthy alternative to traditional braces.
Do you have an overbite? Are you interested in learning more about whether Invisalign is right for you? If so, mention this to your dentist or orthodontist when talking about treatment options. They can evaluate your overbite and general dental health to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.
Discuss Invisalign With an Expert
At TMJ Plus Wellness Center, in Grapevine, TX, we have the expertise necessary to evaluate the alignment of your teeth and determine whether Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 817-481-6888 to schedule an appointment today.