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Can Invisalign Fix An Overbite?

October 25, 2021
Posted By: Ryan Rupert

Invisalign is used to make corrections in the alignment of teeth with the use of clear plastic aligner trays. Most bite and teeth alignment problems can be fixed within 6-20 months. Patients can straighten and fix bite problems in anonymity because the Invisalign aligners are transparent. 


This has made Invisalign preferable to braces, as well as other convenience and flexibility factors. Invisalign allows their wearers to remove the trays to thoroughly clean their teeth and before eating or drinking. They also gradually shift your teeth into place, resulting in less pain and discomfort.


What Causes An Overbite?


There are two different types of overbites: vertical and horizontal. When your top arch of teeth overlaps your bottom teeth by ⅓., this is a vertical overbite. If you have protruding upper teeth that jut forward, this is known as a horizontal overbite or an overjet. These are considered malocclusions.


Overbites are sometimes hereditary but are also associated with skeletal or dental issues and their source can be from childhood or adulthood. Overbites in children are often caused by excessive thumb sucking or sucking on a pacifier for a longer duration than they should have.


This can cause problems with jaw alignment and tooth position. Adults presenting with overbites often suffer from underlying issues with their jaw. Sometimes this is hereditary. 


How Invisalign Can Correct Overbites


If you’re looking to correct an overbite, you have a few options. However, how you should go about correcting your overbite depends on the severity, your age, and your response to treatment. 


It is possible to correct overbites with Invisalign over 12-24 months. The method by which the overbite is corrected largely depends on the patient’s age and stage of development. 


Children up to age 12 are still growing. This can be used as an advantage and we can redirect the growth using Invisalign Mandibular Advancement. This process involves placing plastic wings on the Invisalign trays which slowly correct the position of their lower jaw while straightening the teeth.


In adults or teenagers who are no longer growing (which usually stops at 12 or 13), we will have to use a different process. What can be used are elastics that are worn with Invisalign trays. They shift the position of the patient's teeth by pushing the bottom teeth forward and the top teeth backward.


If you have a severe overbite, you could need braces or jaw repositioning surgery, or combine Invisalign with tooth extraction. However, one option is to place a motion appliance along with the upper teeth. It is a small bar that corrects the upper tooth’s position and then the patient will wear elastics to straighten the lower teeth and reduce their overbite.


Interested in Invisalign to Correct An Overbite?


If you suffer from an overbite and are looking for the best corrective procedure to improve your oral health, reduce wear and tear of your enamel, and reduce jaw pain, then Invisalign could be the solution. 


Invisalign is best used to correct minor orthodontic problems and you must have good oral health before using Invisalign. If you have cavities or gum disease, this will need to be addressed before starting Invisalign treatment. An exam will need to be performed to determine suitability.

Severe overbite problems also may respond well to Invisalign and may necessitate the use of braces. Book a consultation with Dr. Ryan Rupert to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign today.

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