Invisalign® for Overbites: How Effective Is It?

November 30, 2017 — by Dr.Thomas Tang
Tags: Invisalign Crooked Teeth Orthodontics

An orthodontic Invisalign® alignerAt Brookfield Family Dentistry, we believe in offering patients the most state-of-the-art dental therapies available. When it comes to orthodontics, that means Invisalign®, a popular way to straighten teeth without the need for the brackets, wires, and bands of the past.

Many people who would like to get Invisalign® wonder if it will be able to properly address their dental alignment problem. People with overbites, for example, may face unique challenges with regard to orthodontic care. Let's go over the basics of overbites and Invisalign® so you have a better understanding of these topics.

What Is an Overbite?

An overbite refers to cases in which the upper teeth seriously overlap the lower teeth. Most people experience some mild degree of an overbite, which is ideal for proper dental alignment. The issue becomes serious when the overbite is excessive.

When the lower teeth at the front of your smile are mostly or totally concealed by your upper teeth, your overbite can be a source of aesthetic flaws as well as dental health issues. People with overbites may experience major problems with soreness while biting and chewing. Overbites can also contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism), which involves the gnashing, clenching, and shifting of teeth while a person is asleep.

About Invisalign®

Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional braces. Rather than relying on brackets and wires, Invisalign® uses clear plastic aligners to improve dental alignment. These aligners are worn at all times save when eating, drinking, and cleaning your teeth. A new aligner is worn after two weeks to help with the gradual shift in dental alignment.

Thanks to the overall design of Invisalign®, patients can go about their day without anyone noticing the aligners are place.

Can Invisalign® Treat an Overbite?

Yes.

Many people with pronounced overbites can be successfully treated with Invisalign®. If the position of the teeth along the dental arch is the primary cause of the overbite, Invisalign® is a viable treatment option.

For major overbites caused by poor structural alignment of the dental arch, Invisalign® may not be the ideal option for care. In these cases, tradtional braces, palatal spaces, headgear, and perhaps even oral surgery may be recommended as the ideal method of treatment.

The Benefits of Invisalign®

There are many benefits to Invisalign® treatment. These include:

  • Invisalign® aligners are practically undetectable, even up close
  • Invisalign® aligners can be easily removed
  • Invisalign® patients can still eat their favorite foods
  • Invisalign® does not complicate normal oral hygiene
  • Cleaning Invisalign® aligners is simple
  • Invisalign® can work as fast as traditional braces
  • Invisalign® patients experience few interruptions in normal daily life

The above advantages are why so many teens and adults would prefer to undergo Invisalign® for their orthodontic needs when possible.

Will I Need Traditional Orthodontics for My Overbite?

The best way to find out if Invisalign® or traditional orthodontic care is necessary for you is to visit our practice and schedule a consultation for treatment. During your visit, we can assess your situation and offer insight into the viable treatments for your dental health needs. This consultation will also allow us to answer all of your questions and address your concerns with regard to Invisalign® and other orthodontic procedures.

Contact Brookfield Family Dentistry

For more information about Invisalign® and how it can help you smile with renwed confidence and enhanced wellness, be sure to contact Brookfield Family Dentistry. Our team looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.