If you’ve been told you have malocclusion, you may be wondering if it can be corrected with Invisalign® straighteners. So can Invisalign correct malocclusion? The answer is “probably.”
There’s more than one kind of malocclusion.
First, it’s important to understand what malocclusion is. The definition of malocclusion is “poor bite”, which clearly can mean several things. Malocclusion is categorized into three classes.
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Can Invisalign Correct Class 1, 2, & 3 Malocclusions?
So does Invisalign fix bites? It depends on your malocclusion class. Read more below.
Class 1 Malocclusion
What is Class 1 Division Malocclusion?
If you have a Class 1 malocclusion, your upper teeth overlap your bottom teeth slightly, but your bite is normal. This is the most common form of malocclusion.
For Class 1 malocclusion, using Invisalign straighteners under the supervision of Dr. Brayman is likely an effective treatment. Every mouth is unique, though, so you may need additional treatments, such as tooth extraction, along with Invisalign.
Overbite is measured in percentages, and some amount of overbite is normal. Between five and 25% is considered ideal.
In some cases, people have both Class 1 malocclusion and overcrowded teeth, or some other complication. If your case is more complicated, Dr. Kate Brayman may suggest an overall treatment plan and correcting the malocclusion will be part of it.
Can Invisalign fix Class 1 malocclusion?
Invisalign is an effective treatment for Class 1 malocclusion.
Class 2 Malocclusion
In this class of malocclusion, the upper teeth severely overlap the bottom teeth. It also may be called retrognathism, deep bite, overjet, or overbite.
As Invisalign technology has advanced, the number and type of problems the aligners can correct have grown. For example, Invisalign is now successfully used to treat Class 2 Malocclusion.
Just as with class 1 malocclusion, though, you may need additional treatments to achieve an attractive, and more importantly, healthy bite. The success of the treatment plan depends on Dr. Brayman’s skill in implementing it, along with your willingness to follow instructions. An aligner that isn’t worn won’t correct malocclusion of any type!
What is Class 2 Division 1 Malocclusion?
Class 2 Division 1 Malocclusion is a classification used in orthodontics and dentistry to describe a type of misalignment or malocclusion. In this condition, the upper front teeth are positioned significantly forward compared to the lower front teeth. It results in an overjet, where the upper front teeth protrude excessively beyond the lower front teeth. This malocclusion is characterized by a prominent upper jaw and a retrusive lower jaw, leading to an uneven bite and facial appearance.
What is Class 2 Division 2 Malocclusion?
Class 2 Division 2 Malocclusion is another classification used in orthodontics and dentistry to describe a dental misalignment or malocclusion. The upper front teeth are positioned significantly forward compared to the lower front teeth, but it differs from Class 2 Division 1 malocclusion in that the upper front teeth are still protruded, but they are more upright and not as prominently forward as in Class 2 Division 1. The two upper middle teeth are longer compared to the adjacent teeth. The lower front teeth may be tilted backward. There is an increased overbite, where the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth significantly.
Can Invisalign fix class 2 malocclusions?
Advancements in Invisalign technology have expanded the range of issues these aligners can effectively address. Today, Invisalign is a successful treatment option for Class 2 Malocclusions.
Class 3 Malocclusion
With a Class 3 Malocclusion, your bottom teeth overlap your top teeth. This type of malocclusion is also called underbite or prognathism.
At one time, most experts believed that Class 3 Malocclusion couldn’t be treated with Invisalign aligners. However, the technology of the aligners has improved, and treatment plans have evolved, and in many cases, Class 3 Malocclusion can be corrected using Invisalign.
Just as with the other types of malocclusion, additional treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal results. If you have Class 3 Malocclusion you may need surgery to fully correct your bite. Dr. Brayman designs your treatment plan specifically for you, so you can be assured of reaching the desired outcome.
What is class 3 malocclusion?
In Class 3 Malocclusion, your bottom teeth overlap your top teeth. This type of malocclusion is also called underbite or prognathism.
Can Invisalign fix class 3 malocclusion?
Experts used to believe that Class 3 Malocclusion couldn’t be treated with Invisalign aligners. But aligner technology has improved, and in many cases, Class 3 Malocclusion can be corrected using Invisalign
Invisalign innovations improve results in Malocclusion
Invisalign has multiple types of aligners available. Dr. Brayman chooses the one that is best suited to correct your issues. For example, Invisalign G3 aligners are specifically designed to treat Class 2 and Class 3 Malocclusion.
Other innovations the company has introduced that improve outcomes are SmartForce®, which is a technology allowing Dr. Brayman to customize your aligners for each tooth, and ClinCheck® software that helps keep your treatment plan on track.
Although you may be most interested in correcting your malocclusion for aesthetic reasons, there are important health considerations as well. When your teeth are properly positioned, they are easier to clean. The force of your bite is evenly distributed so there’s less chance of uneven wear, and in cases of Class 2 and 3 Malocclusion, there’s a lower risk of trauma from your teeth resting on your lips.
Dr. Brayman would be happy to discuss the possibility of treating your malocclusion using Invisalign with you, as well as answer any questions you may have. Consider booking an appointment with Dr. Brayman to learn more. You can also learn more about Invisalign before your appointment.
Can Invisalign fix malocclusion in adults?
Invisalign can address various types of malocclusion, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites, among others. InvisalignThe specific malocclusion Invisalign corrects depends on the severity and complexity. Invisalign is recommended for mild to moderate cases of malocclusion. Invisalign aligners are discreet and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, making them popular because they are convenient for daily life. Dr. Brayson can assess your malocclusion and determine if Invisalign is a treatment option for you.
What is the hardest malocclusion to fix?
The hardest malocclusions to fix involve severe misalignments, complex combinations of issues like significant overbites, underbites, and rotations, and cases due to the completed growth of the jawbone. These often require a comprehensive approach, involving multiple orthodontic treatments, surgery, and collaboration among dental specialists.
What bad habits cause malocclusion?
Bad habits can exacerbate malocclusion. These include:
Thumb Sucking: Prolonged thumb-sucking, pacifier, or bottle use in children can lead to malocclusion.
Nail Biting: Constant nail biting affects the alignment of the front teeth and leads to overbites or underbites.
Teeth Grinding: Grinding teeth can wear them down and cause malocclusion.
Tongue Thrusting: Pushing the tongue against the front teeth when swallowing or speaking can affect their alignment.
Poor Oral Posture: Incorrect resting positions of the tongue or lips contribute to malocclusion.
Mouth Breathing: Chronic mouth breathing impacts development of the dental arch and leads to malocclusion.
Chewing on Objects: Chewing on pens, pencils, or other objects can cause dental misalignments.
Lip or Cheek Biting: Habitual biting of the lips or cheeks can lead to changes in alignment.
Breaking these habits and seeking early orthodontic intervention can help prevent malocclusion.
What happens if you don’t fix a malocclusion?
If a malocclusion is not corrected, potential issues can arise, including:
- Dental Problems: Increased risk of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
- Chewing Difficulty: Impaired ability to chew food effectively.
- Speech Impediments: Altered speech clarity and pronunciation.
- Jaw Discomfort: Jaw pain, TMJ disorders, and headaches.
- Injury Risk: Higher susceptibility to dental injuries.
- Psychological Impact: Negative effects on self-esteem and confidence.
- Orthodontic Complications: Complexity and duration of treatment increase with time.
It’s essential to address malocclusions promptly to prevent these complications and ensure the long-term health of your oral health. Orthodontic treatment options are available to correct malocclusions and improve both dental function and appearance.
How long does it take to fix malocclusion?
The time required to correct malocclusion varies and depends on each case’s complexity and the treatment method. Some mild malocclusions may be addressed in a few months, while more severe cases could take several years of treatment. If you’re looking for a dentist or orthodontist for Invisalign, Dr. Brayson can create a personalized estimate based on your malocclusion.