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06 / 06 / 2023

An overbite is a dental condition where the upper front teeth noticeably overlap the lower front teeth when the mouth is closed. It’s a common issue, and there are various treatments available, one of which is Invisalign. Many people wonder, can Invisalign actually fix an overbite? In this brief piece, we delve into the capacity of Invisalign to correct this dental condition.

Invisalign is a type of clear aligner therapy that has revolutionised orthodontic treatment since its introduction in the late 1990s. The transparent, removable braces are custom-designed for each patient and work by gradually shifting teeth into their desired positions.

Traditionally, overbites have been treated with conventional metal braces and, in severe cases, oral surgery. But nowadays, Invisalign, with its advanced technology and convenience, is a preferred choice for many patients and dentists. It provides a discreet, comfortable, and effective alternative, especially for adults who are concerned about the aesthetics and discomfort of metal braces.

But can Invisalign really fix an overbite?

The simple answer is: yes, it can. Invisalign treatment can effectively correct many types of overbite, especially when they are mild to moderate. The aligners apply controlled forces to the teeth to gradually move them into better alignment, addressing both cosmetic and functional problems caused by an overbite.

The Invisalign system uses a series of tailor-made, clear plastic aligners that gradually shift the teeth into the desired position over a period of months. These aligners are made using 3D computer imaging technology, based on a comprehensive plan developed by your orthodontist, which maps out the projected movement of your teeth.

But, there’s an important caveat to note. The success of the treatment largely depends on the severity of the overbite and the complexity of the case. For instance, if the overbite is due to skeletal problems, such as a mismatch in size between the upper and lower jaws, Invisalign might not be the best option. In such scenarios, corrective jaw surgery may be required.

It’s also worth mentioning that the success of Invisalign treatment, like any other orthodontic treatment, relies heavily on patient compliance. The aligners must be worn for approximately 22 hours a day, and removed only when eating, drinking anything other than water, or cleaning your teeth. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can significantly affect the results.

While Invisalign offers a variety of benefits, including comfort, aesthetics, and ease of cleaning, it may not be suitable for everyone. A thorough consultation with your orthodontist will help determine whether Invisalign is the best treatment option for your specific case.

In summary, Invisalign is a capable treatment for correcting many overbites. It offers an aesthetically pleasing and convenient alternative to traditional braces. However, it may not be suitable for all cases, especially those with severe overbites or underlying skeletal issues. As with any medical treatment, professional advice from an experienced orthodontist is essential in determining the best course of action.


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