An overbite can occur due to overcrowding … your teeth were more than your jaw could accommodate. Or the patient may have been a thumb sucker as a child resulting in teeth protruding. Whatever the reason, your Invisalign dentist has a solution that will provide the path to a smile makeover to both enhance your appearance and improve your overall dental health.
If overcrowding was a problem, the extraction of one or more teeth may be needed to allow sufficient space for teeth to be shifted to a correct occlusion. Your dentist will discuss your options with you.
With Invisalign clear aligners, the patient’s overbite can be treated easily with a series of undetectable aligners … a consultation with an Invisalign dentist will outline all the advantages of Invisalign over other methods of teeth straightening. Invisalign aligners are:
Clear – The patient can have their malocclusion corrected using a series of transparent aligners that are strong enough to shift teeth, but there is no metal involved.
Comfortable – Since there are no metal brackets, bands, or wires the patient never experiences painful pokes or abrasions.
Convenient – The patient will update the aligner with the next in the series every couple weeks as prescribed by your dentist … there is no need to have wires manipulated to keep teeth moving to their correct placement.
Removable – Invisalign patients are able to enjoy eating all the foods they wish … aligners are removed for meals and snacking. Simply replace when done. Not only can the patient eat all their favorite foods, the daily tasks of brushing and flossing are easily performed keeping teeth much cleaner and healthier than with traditional braces.
This type of cosmetic dentistry begins with a consultation with your Invisalign dentist; imaging and other tools are sent to the Invisalign lab where 3-D digital technology is used to fabricate a series of aligners that will shift teeth correcting the overbite.
The aligners will feel very snug when first placed; over the next two weeks teeth are shifting until the next aligner is put into place to repeat the process. Aligners must be worn twenty to twenty-two hours every day to complete treatment in the designated timeframe.
Once the overbite has been corrected, the patient will wear a retainer. This will hold teeth in place to develop a memory of their new location.
For more information about what will work for you, contact our team today!