Invisalign for Overbite - Is it Right for You?
An overbite gives the teeth an unpleasant appearance and can cause uneven wear. Fortunately, using Invisalign braces for overbite correction can create a properly aligned smile. Before you call to schedule a free consultation for overbite correction at 209 NYC Dental, here are some important facts to note about this dental issue.
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What Is an Overbite?
An overbite is a misalignment of the front teeth. The upper front teeth overlap the front teeth of the lower jaw, a phenomenon that is also called an overjet. In severe cases, the lower front teeth can bite into the upper palate.
There are two types of overbites: dental and skeletal. In dental overbites, it is the upper front teeth alone that protrude forward. This issue is also known as “buck teeth.” In skeletal overbites, it is the protrusion of the upper jaw that makes the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth.
What Causes Overbites?
An overbite may occur as an inherited dental issue, but it could also develop because of poor oral habits acquired during childhood. Such habits include nail-biting, thumb-sucking, tongue thrust or excessive use of feeding bottles and pacifiers. The following poor oral habits and other conditions can affect the growth of the teeth and jaw and lead to the development of an overbite:
- Thumb-sucking: When thumb-sucking continues beyond the age of four or when permanent teeth start appearing, the pressure exerted can make the permanent teeth protrude at an odd angle.
- Using a pacifier: Sucking a pacifier for too long can result in an overbite just as sucking the thumb can. A study published in JADA showed that using a pacifier posed a higher risk of developing malocclusions like overbites than thumb-sucking.
- Tongue-thrusting: A tongue-thrust happens when the tongue is pressing forward abnormally in the mouth. This condition may be caused by swollen tonsils and bad swallowing habits in children. Adults may also thrust their tongue during sleep or due to stress.
- Genetics or inheritance: It is possible to be born with a large upper jaw and a small upper jaw. This uneven jaw may be hereditary, and siblings and parents may have the same type of dental arrangement.
- Cysts or tumors in the jaw: Having a cyst or tumor in the jaw can alter the alignment of the teeth and give the mouth and jaw an abnormal shape. This situation occurs when persistent growth or swelling of the bony or soft tissue in the upper jaw results in a forward shift.
Why Must You Treat an Overbite?
You should fix an overbite for both health and cosmetic reasons.
- Fixing Your Overbite Will Improve the Health of Your Teeth
It is essential to fix an overbite because an overbite increases your chances of having excessive tooth wear. Your teeth will rub against each other constantly any time you open or close your mouth. Eventually, they could become shorter or thinner.
- Fixing Your Overbite Will Give You a Pleasant Smile
As portrayed in the before and after photos on this page, an overbite causes your lower teeth to be covered by the upper ones. This overlap can make you feel self-conscious and avoid smiling when you meet people or take pictures.
How Can a Dentist Fix an Overbite?
A dentist can help move your upper teeth upward and your lower teeth downward. This goal can be achieved with a series of clear aligners, custom-made braces that you wear throughout the day. The set of clear braces are replaced after every two to four weeks.
The aligners move the teeth and gum together, and both of them are remodeled as they change their position. The clear aligners you need to achieve the desired result will be programmed into a sequence. Your supervising dentist will fix them one after the other until your teeth move back to the required position.
Does Invisalign Work for Overbite or Overjet?
Yes, Invisalign is a unique orthodontic treatment that can treat overbites. Instead of realigning the teeth with cumbersome traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment uses clear dental aligners.
The clear aligners gradually reposition the teeth by pulling the upper and lower teeth back to their ideal positions. They need to be worn for at least 22 hours daily and can be taken off for cleaning your teeth or eating. The aligner trays will be replaced every two weeks until the required alignment is attained.
Benefits of Using Invisalign for Overbite and Overjet Correction
Using Invisalign to treat overbites has numerous advantages, including the following:
- Creating a better smile: Invisalign provides a better smile after correcting overbite and realigning the teeth.
- Improving self-esteem: An attractive smile helps boost confidence and self-worth. This change can also help create new relationships and open doors to better career opportunities.
- Making treatment discreet: Invisalign clear aligners are not conspicuous like metal braces. They allow patients to enjoy corrective treatment without it being noticeable.
- Enjoying removable aligners: Invisalign aligners need to be worn for a long time during the day, but they can be taken off for cleaning the teeth or eating.
Meet Dr. Ben Ahn, Our Invisalign Doctor
Dr. Ben Ahn is our distinguished Diamond Plus Invisalign dentist with a practice at 209 NYC Dental. He is an active member of different dental associations, including the American Dental Association. Dr. Ahn is dedicated to learning innovative approaches to patient care and keeping abreast of the latest developments in various aspects of dentistry. He has been using Invisalign for the past 15 years to treat different malocclusions, including overbite.
Presently, Dr. Ahn holds the VIP Diamond Plus designation, which represents the highest level of expertise for treating adults. He also provides care with Invisalign Teen. Dr. Ahn’s provider status indicates that the treatment plan he recommends is attainable and approved by Invisalign.
Get a Free Invisalign Consultation
Choosing Invisalign treatment is not a trivial medical or financial decision. Before you pay for Invisalign treatment, it is very important for you to find the most suitable dentist to treat your dental issue. 209 NYC Dental provides free Invisalign consultations to patients in Midtown Manhattan, which provides a great opportunity to find out all you need to know about the Invisalign system, evaluate your smile, communicate with the doctor and his team and get answers to all your questions.
During this consultation, we will utilize our ultra-modern iTero 3D digital scanning system to create a quick and accurate 3D impression of your teeth. Then, we will simulate pictures of your “before and after” results. Dr. Ben Ahn will recommend a treatment plan that enables you to achieve the desired outcome. Schedule an appointment now to get started with a free consultation.
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