Can Invisalign Fix An Overbite?

Overbites, a type of malocclusion where the upper teeth protrude, can affect both appearance and dental function. If you have an overbite, you're likely exploring your treatment options.

Like most people, you may be wondering if Invisalign in Middletown will work to correct your condition. In this short article, we'll delve into the effectiveness of Invisalign in treating overbites. We'll explore how Invisalign's clear aligners can gradually and discreetly shift your teeth into the proper alignment, providing insight into whether this innovative orthodontic solution is right for your specific needs. Understanding your options is the first step toward achieving a healthier and more confident smile. 

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a type of clear aligner therapy that uses pressure to slowly move the teeth to a better position and correct their alignment. 

A dentist will scan your teeth and map out the proper re-alignment, after which an Invisalign lab will make all your trays. You’ll need to change your trays once every two weeks or so to follow the treatment, though it can also depend on how your teeth respond to Invisalign. 

You’ll need to wear your trays for around 22 hours every day and only take them out to eat, drink anything other than plain water, brush your teeth, and clean your aligners. Failing to comply with these rules can also delay your Invisalign results. 

Does Invisalign Work on Overbites? 

Invisalign can work on overbites, but two things can determine if it’s the appropriate solution: 

  1. The type of overbite

There are two main types of overbites:

  • Dental: The overbite is created by how the teeth are positioned on the arch.
  • Skeletal: The overbite is caused by the jawbone, usually because the lower jaw is underdeveloped. 

If you have a dental overbite, then Invisalign might work for you, but this treatment has no effect on the jawbone. Patients with skeletal overbites might need traditional braces, surgery, or a combination of the two to correct them.

  1. The severity of your overbite

Invisalign is a fantastic choice for mild to moderate cases of malocclusion. Unfortunately, patients with severe cases are usually not good candidates for these aligners, which cannot place the same amount of pressure on the teeth as metal braces. 

So if your overbite is severe, you might get better results with braces instead of Invisalign or similar clear aligners.

How to Know if Invisalign Will Work for You

You’ll need to speak with a dentist who offers Invisalign treatment and get an assessment and a scan of your teeth. 

Based on the results, your dentist can let you know if Invisalign is the right solution to fix your overbite or recommend seeing an orthodontist to get another type of treatment. 

How Paragon Dental Can Help 

Come meet with Dr. Danielle Indelicato for a short consultation to learn if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign or discover your other options to fix your overbite.

To get started, request a visit to Paragon Dental online and stop by to learn more.

Have more questions about Invisalign or our other services? Then feel free to call us at (732) 630-0021 today, and we’d be happy to tell you more.

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