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Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?

May 27, 2023
Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?

Are you self-conscious about your smile and overbite? Do you not like the appearance of your teeth?

Overbites can affect the general health of your teeth and your facial aesthetics. Fortunately, Invisalign is a fantastic way to get you the smile of your dreams. Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligner therapy to gradually shift and straighten your teeth.

Unlike huge, metallic, bulky braces, Invisalign is virtually invisible and the aligners are only removed for eating. It's a much more comfortable way to straighten your teeth and fix your malocclusion.

In this article, we'll explore how Invisalign can help minimize your overbite and change your smile for the better. Here is some great information regarding this aesthetically minded orthodontic treatment.

What is an overbite? 

An overbite is a particular malocclusion in which the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth and look like they are covering your lower teeth.  Overbites are created due to normal tooth eruption or bad oral habits, such as thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting. In some cases, overbites can lead to other dental problems, such as tooth chipping, gum disease, and jaw pain. Genetics and tooth eruption are a main proponent in the causation of overbites. If your parents had an overbite, you're more likely to develop one too.

Does Invisalign fix overbites? 

Yes! Invisalign is clear aligner therapy that is custom-made for your teeth.  The aligners are made from a clear, BPA-free plastic that is virtually invisible.  Composite attachments are bonded to the front of some of the teeth in order to allow for the aligners to clasp on and push the teeth with more force. In certain cases, interproximal reduction is also necessary, which is a minor recontouring of the space between certain teeth in order to be able to fix crowding, or overbites.  

Each set of aligners is worn for one week. Movement occurs every time a new aligner is placed, weekly. Each aligner is 3D printed to move the teeth a certain number of millimeters at the beginning of treatment. Everything is planned up front therefore it is important not to miss a step. 

Invisalign is a great treatment for overbites and Dr. Skoulas will review your candidacy for fixing your overbite with interproximal reduction or the potential necessity of veneers. This depends on if your lower teeth will be moved forward or if your upper teeth will be moved back. A decision based on skeletal features. 

The process of getting Invisalign:

The process of getting Invisalign starts with an aesthetic consultation. Dr. Skoulas will examine your teeth, skeletal relationship, and facial features to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you. If Invisalign is recommended, Dr. Skoulas will begin the exam process with a full mouth series of x-rays, intraoral 3D scan, and photographs. All of these diagnostics will be used in formulating your invisalign plan on a computer screen.

Once your aligner plan is ready and has been 3D printed, you will return for your delivery appointment. This is when all attachments will be added and interproximal reduction may be performed.  Following this delivery appointment, standard check-ins for progress will be necessary every 3-4 months to make sure that alignment is proceeding as planned. 

Tips on keeping your aligners clean

Aligners should be brushed daily using your electric or manual toothbrush. They can be brushed with water and your normal toothpaste. If there is extensive build up, they can be cleaned using invisalign cleaning crystals to remove significant staining and plaque. Another handy tip is soaking them in hydrogen peroxide or a mouthwash to help them feel even cleaner while you brush your teeth. 

Aligners can be stained if left in while drinking any dark substances. Try to avoid drinking coffee and red wine while wearing aligners, as well as eating highly pigmented foods like curry or turmeric. 

Invisalign In San Francisco

Invisalign is an invisible way to straighten your teeth and fix your overbite to achieve the smile of your dreams. It's a great option for adults who do not want to wear bulky, metal braces. If you're ready to begin your straightening journey, contact us at 415-757-0110.

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