Overbites are a common type of “malocclusion” — a problem with the way your teeth line up when you close your mouth, bite or chew. Some amount of overbite is natural: You want your upper teeth to fall in front of your lower teeth when you close your mouth. But when the overbite is significant, it can cause problems like jaw pain, headaches and an increased risk for oral health problems.
Fixing an overbite is one of the most common reasons that people get braces. And it’s true; braces can be a great way to shift those protruding teeth back into their proper positions. But it’s also true that a lot of people don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of metal or ceramic braces or their high visibility. Adults can be especially reluctant to seek care for alignment issues because they don’t want to have a mouth full of metal brackets and wires.
Fortunately, Invisalign® can also be a really effective way of treating an overbite. The question is this: Is Invisalign® the best option for your specific needs?
Implants are very secure
Dental implants use a strong metal post made of titanium, the same metal that’s used in artificial joints and prostheses. Titanium is biocompatible, which means the risk of any kind of reaction is very, very low. During the implant procedure, the post is implanted into your jaw bone, where it binds with the surrounding bone tissue, a process called osseointegration. This binding action helps keep the implant firmly in place. Once the post is integrated into the bone tissue, the artificial tooth or crown is attached using a piece called an abutment.
Dentures and bridges rest on top of your gum, so they're less secure. With a denture, you need a very secure fit and denture adhesives — sometimes lots of adhesives — to keep them in place, and even then, they can slip out at the worst times. Bridges secure to neighboring teeth, which means those teeth can be significantly weakened by the excess forces exerted on them every time you bite or chew.
How Invisalign® works
Invisalign® uses a series of clear, smooth, plastic aligners to gently move your teeth into position. During treatment, you’ll wear a series of several aligners, each of which has a slightly different shape. Worn in a specific sequence, these aligners keep your teeth moving in the proper direction. By the time your treatment is complete, you’ll have beautifully straight teeth and a great-looking smile.
When Invisalign® aligners were first developed, their use was restricted to only a few types of malocclusions. But during the past couple of decades, advances in their design and materials mean the alignment system can be used to treat a far broader number of orthodontic problems, including overbites.
One of the “secrets” to Invisalign’s® success is the material used to make the aligners. While it might look like “normal” plastic, the material is actually the product of years of scientific study and research. Dubbed SmartTrack®, the proprietary plastic material helps your aligners exert continual pressure on your teeth to speed along your progress for better results. SmartTrack® was designed specifically for Invisalign®, and it’s only used in the Invisalign® alignment system.
Prior to your treatment, your mouth will be carefully evaluated to ensure Invisalign® is the best option to help you correct your overbite and get the results you’re looking for. With Invisalign® technology, we can actually map out your treatment ahead of time to determine the results you can expect — even before you begin Invisalign® treatment.
Invisalign® vs. braces: The best choice for your overbite
Lots of factors can cause or contribute to overbites. Many overbites are caused by your genes and the way your jaw grows and develops. Other times, an overbite can be caused by a long-term thumb-sucking habit, tongue-thrusting or even biting your nails. And of course, the amount and shape of an overbite can also vary from one patient to another. Having a comprehensive evaluation of your particular overbite is important to make sure your treatment is optimized for you.
When it comes to overbites, Invisalign® can be successfully used to treat most cases. In fact, Invisalign® recently introduced an “accessory” treatment option to help with difficult-to-treat alignment issues like overbites. Called Precision Cuts®, the technique uses tiny, smooth notches cut into the edges of the aligners. These notches serve as anchors for very small rubber bands that help hold the jaw in the correct position as your teeth are moving. Combined with Invisalign®’s patented SmartTrack® plastic, Precision Cuts enable Invisalign® aligners to be used to treat a wider array of occlusion issues, so more patients can enjoy better results without relying on traditional metal or ceramic braces.
Find out how Invisalign® can help you
Invisalign® can be successfully used to treat nearly any type of overbite, but there are a few instances of severe or complicated overbites when braces still might be a better choice. To learn more about the Invisalign® system and treatment at Infinity Smile Center or to find out if Invisalign® can be used to treat your overbite, book an appointment online today.