Can Invisalign Fix Overbite? A Quick Guide
article by Raha Sepehrara
If you have protruding front teeth, they can make you feel self-conscious and cause several oral health issues. Modern orthodontics makes it easier than ever to fix an overbite. With several options available, you may have to choose which treatment best suits your lifestyle.
Invisalign is a popular treatment option for straightening teeth. Removable and discreet, we often use the nearly invisible Invisalign aligners to fix various alignment problems. But can Invisalign fix an overbite?
Read on to learn more about overbites and Invisalign.
What Is An Overbite?
Overbite is a malocclusion which ranges in severity. Sometimes referred to as “buck teeth”, the front top teeth will stick out over the lower set.
While overbite can be inherited, it’s often caused by sucking a thumb or dummy later than around three to four years of age.
For many, the appearance of an overbite is a motivation to seek treatment; however, there are several associated complications. An overbite could increase the risk of damage to your teeth, cause problems biting and chewing, lead to difficulties breathing, and affect speech.
Can Invisalign Fix Overbite?
In many cases, Invisalign can fix an overbite. If you have a mild to moderate overbite, you may benefit from this convenient treatment option.
We would need to assess your teeth to confirm whether Invisalign is right for you.
How Does Invisalign Fix Overbite?
Much like fixed braces, Invisalign applies force to your teeth to adjust their position. Where fixed braces use brackets and wires, Invisalign uses custom aligner trays that perfectly fit around your teeth.
Before you begin treatment, we’ll take digital scans of your teeth. These are uploaded to powerful software, and every slight movement to correct your overbite is carefully planned.
Instead of adjusting your aligner, we’ll replace it every two weeks. Each aligner creates a small amount of movement. Over the entire process, you’ll see these slight changes turn into a noticeable difference in your smile.
Because your aligners are removable, you can take them out at mealtimes and while you brush your teeth. Although they’re very convenient, it’s vitally important that you wear them for 22 hours each day to achieve perfect results.
How Long Will It Take Invisalign To Fix Overbite?
Every smile is different. In some cases, we can fix a mild overbite in around six months. For other overbites, this can take up to two years.
When you come to see us for your initial consultation, we’ll discuss how long you can expect to wear aligners in your specific situation. As well as calculating how long your treatment will take and how many different sets of aligners you’ll need, the software we use can also show you how your future smile will look.
How Can I Fix Severe Overbite?
In more severe cases, Invisalign might not be a suitable solution for your overbite. We’ll know this when we assess your teeth at your initial consultation.
If Invisalign isn’t suitable, we may suggest a fixed solution like Damon or lingual braces.
Damon braces are highly effective fixed braces. Unlike traditional braces, they don’t use elastic bands to hold the wire to the brackets. This improves the overall comfort and speed of the treatment.
Lingual braces are much like traditional fixed braces, with one major difference. Instead of being attached to the front of teeth, they’re fixed to the backs, hidden from view.
Invisalign at Dental Suite
Invisalign is an attractive option for fixing overbite. The clear aligners offer convenience, comfort, and discretion and make the entire process straightforward.
To find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for Invisalign, get in touch and schedule a consultation.