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Does Invisalign Help Correct Overbite?

Can Invisalign Fix Overbite in Adults & Children?

Overbite is a condition that affects the appearance of the mouth and smile, in addition to the mechanics of the jaw. It occurs when the front teeth of the upper jaw overlap the lower teeth, instead of fitting together naturally and evenly. Though it doesn’t sound very pleasant, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, and it certainly doesn’t need to plague a person for life. In fact, most people have an overbite, to some varying degree.

The method for measuring overbite typically looks at how much of your teeth are covered by the upper ones, with a percentage over 25 being considered significant. An excessive overbite can cause the teeth to wear out and even lead to jaw pain and discomfort. Plus, many people report having aesthetic concerns, both with overbite and the well-known treatment methods. Most people have heard of more aesthetically pleasing ways, such as Invisalign, to address minor corrections in the mouth, but does Invisalign help overbite? Yes, Invisalign overbite correction is actually a thing. Invisalign overbite correction is a great,pain-free, more comfortable and more manageable way to address your dental and orthodontic concerns, but first, we need you to understand overbite and its causes.

What Are The Causes Of Overbite?

Overbites can occur for a variety of reasons, from sucking one’s thumb in infancy and childhood to improper teeth growth. Certain habits, like extended use of a pacifier or bottle, can also cause the tongue to push against the back of the teeth, which in turn causes the development of an overbite. Genetics, teeth grinding, and a condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction can also play significant roles. The most common cause, though, is having a misshapen or insufficiently sized jaw. This could mean both having too much or too little space for the teeth in the jawline. Additionally, losing teeth and failing to repair the area can also contribute to the development of an overbite.

Left untreated, an overbite can actually lead to significant complications with your help. In addition to irreparable damage to the teeth and jaw, an overbite can cause tooth decay (such as cavities, gum disease, and worn enamel), pain in the jaw, severe headaches, trouble opening and closing the mouth, and difficulties with eating and speaking. Furthermore, leaving an overbite untreated can alter the structure of the face and lead to self-esteem problems both in adolescence and adulthood.

We understand that, especially during these times in development, getting treatment through braces and other traditional methods may be daunting, for fear of discomfort and decreased self-confidence. However, we have another option for correcting overbite, sans the metal brackets and bands: Invisalign.

What is Considered a Normal Overbite?

A normal overbite, also known as a “vertical overbite,” ranges from 1 to 3 millimeters. This means the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth by a small amount, usually within this 1 to 3 millimeter range, instead of fitting together naturally and evenly. However, the exact measurement can vary, and what is considered normal may depend on age and personal dental characteristics. If you have concerns about your overbite,  schedule a consultation with Dr. Brayman for an evaluation.

What is a Severe Overbite?

A severe overbite, also known as a deep overbite or deep bite, occurs when the upper front teeth significantly overlap the lower front teeth by more than 3 millimeters. This excessive overlap can lead to dental and orthodontic issues, including:

  • Dental wear and tear risk
  • Speech problems
  • Jaw pain and discomfort
  • Esthetic concerns
  • Biting and chewing difficulties
  • Orthodontic complexities

 

If you suspect you have a severe overbite and are worrying about it or are experiencing any related issues,  give us a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kate Brayman so she can evaluate your overbite. Begin your Invisalign journey with Dr. Kate Bryman now and you will be flashing a healthy, confident smile before you know it.

Why Correcting an Overbite is Important

Correcting an overbite is important because it can improve the aesthetics of your smile, and improve your self-confidence and self-esteem. Fixing an overbite contributes to better oral health. Overbites can lead to issues like tooth wear, jaw pain, and difficulty in properly cleaning teeth, which may increase the risk of dental problems like cavities and gum disease. Severe overbites can impact speech clarity and function, potentially causing speech impediments. By correcting an overbite you achieve a more appealing smile and ensure the long-term health and functionality of your teeth and jaws.

Can You Fix Overbite Naturally?

While it’s challenging to completely fix an overbite naturally, certain habits and exercises may help improve its appearance or reduce associated symptoms. These include:

  • Tongue Exercises: Proper tongue posture and exercises may encourage better alignment of the teeth and jaw.
  • Chewing Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum promotes jaw muscle strength and potentially reduces overbite severity.
  • Speech Therapy: Speech therapists can work with individuals to improve speech patterns affected by an overbite.
  • Maintain Good Oral Health: Good oral hygiene practices help prevent complications related to overbites, such as cavities and gum disease.
  • Monitor Growth: In children and teenagers, overbites may improve as they grow. 

 

We invite you to arrange an appointment with Dr. Kate Brayman. She will provide a thorough evaluation of your overbite and assess if Invisalign treatment is right for you. Your well-being and your smile are our top priorities, and we look forward to assisting you on the path toward a happier, healthier, and more confident you.

Does Invisalign Help Correct Overbite?

Invisalign has been available for various dental and orthodontic treatments for a while now. However, the science behind it just keeps improving, finding more and more uses for the technology. If eligible for Invisalign, we will create a unique, individually fitted set of plastic aligners for your mouth. These aligners work to straighten and reposition the teeth, without forcing you to completely change your diet and lifestyle habits.The aligners must be worn a minimum of twenty hours per day in order to ensure success. However, they can be removed when necessary. This means that you don’t need to nix chewy foods from your diet for fear of it messing up your mouth full of metal-ware. They can also be removed when you want to brush your teeth and floss, enabling you to maintain optimal oral hygiene. Once the teeth have moved sufficiently, a new aligner is molded and worn, so that your specific conditions are being adequately addressed. Plus, the aligners are clear and hardly visible to the naked eye, meaning you can undergo treatment without feeling self-conscious about your smile.

So How Does Invisalign Fix Overbite?

Traditional braces work when your dentist periodically tightens the wires attached to the teeth. The principles behind Invisalign are the same, but the goals are accomplished much more subtly. As your treatment progresses, you will need a new set of aligners to keep the progress going. Regular trips to your dentist will allow him/her to track the movement of your teeth, ensuring that your overbite gets under control.

Invisalign is not a quick fix. Like other treatment methods, it works by straightening and repositioning the teeth slowly and gradually. Patience is certainly a necessary virtue here, but we’re sure that you won’t be disappointed with your results. The time required for your full treatment cycle will depend entirely on the severity of your overbite and the specific starting position of each tooth. However, since the treatment is practically invisible, the process can feel like it’s passing by much more quickly.

Benefits of Correcting Overbite with Invisalign

Compared to other orthodontic and dental treatmentsInvisalign should seem like a no-brainer. In addition to being able to practice more efficient dental hygiene and prevent tooth decay, Invisalign treatment keeps your gums, cheeks, and lips safer, freeing them from potentially painful cuts and abrasions. Each tooth can be seen and monitored throughout the process, allowing for a more tailored treatment experience.

For those who are concerned about the unsightliness of wearing a mouthful of metal in addition to having an overbite, Invisalign has got you covered. The aligners are clear and plastic, invisible and painless. You can continue to engage in all of the activities that you wish to without worrying about wearing a mouthguard. And food? No problem. Just remove the Invisalign aligners while eating, being sure to clean the teeth and the aligners before putting them back in place.

How does Invisalign fix overbites? In exactly the same way as earlier methods, but without the pain, hassle, and self-consciousness. If you are afflicted by an overbite and are keen to learn more about your treatment options, help is available. Consult with an experienced dental or orthodontic professional for an assessment of whether Invisalign is right for you, and get started on your journey towards flashing a healthy, confident smile now.

If you want to know how much Invisalign costs on Long Island, NY read this.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Correct Overbite?

The time it takes for Invisalign treatment to correct an overbite depends on the severity of your overbite and the initial position of each tooth. Invisalign works gradually over time to reposition the teeth. While patience is essential, the nearly invisible nature of the treatment can make the process feel faster than it is. The exact timeframe will be determined by your specific case, but the results are typically worth the wait.

Is Invisalign Worth It for Overbite?

For anyone worried about wearing a mouthful of metal in addition to having an overbite, Invisalign is a better choice for you. Invisalign allows you to fix your overbite without pain, hassle, or self-conscious anxiety. Invisalign’s clear, plastic aligners are invisible and painless. Being able to do all your normal activities knowing that your teeth are invisibly aligning makes Invisalign worth it. 

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Dr. Kate Brayman

Long Island Dentist at Kate Brayman, DDS

Dr. Kate Brayman is a leading cosmetic dentist serving Long Island and Woodbury NY 11797. A graduate from the New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Kate Brayman brings passion and artistry into dentistry. She is certified by the American Board of Dental Public Health. Her professional memberships include the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association and the New York County Dental Society.

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