Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?

Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?

The best way to treat an overbite is with orthodontic treatment. But can Invisalign work? Read on to find out!

An overbite is a type of misalignment in which the upper teeth significantly overlap the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. While not as visible as other malocclusions, if left untreated it can lead to numerous dental issues, such as: 

  • Overlapping can affect your lower teeth, causing them to wear out quicker 
  • An overbite can affect your speech, causing a lisp or other speech impediments.
  • Overbites can make it harder to properly clean your teeth and gums, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

The best way to treat an overbite is with orthodontic treatment. However, you are really not looking forward to wearing metal braces for the next couple of years. So, can Invisalign in East Amherst help you treat your overbite? 

Understanding Invisalign  

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that can be used to straighten teeth. But, here's the appeal: it can do it without the use of traditional metal braces. Instead, it uses a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-made for your teeth.

Invisalign works by gradually moving your teeth into their correct positions. The duration of the treatment varies from person to person, but Invisalign usually provides faster results than traditional braces. Depending on the severity of your malocclusion, you can get a straight smile within 6 to 18 months. 

Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite? 

Yes, Invisalign can be used to treat mild to moderate cases of overbites. The aligners will apply gentle, controlled force to gradually move your upper teeth back or your lower teeth forward to reduce the overlap.

However, if your overbite is more severe or has been caused by skeletal issues, you may require traditional orthodontic treatment or even oral surgery to fix it. 

Dr. Bridget Sweeney can examine your teeth and determine if Invisalign is a suitable option for you or if traditional orthodontic treatment may benefit you more. 

What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment 

If Dr. Bridget Sweeney determines that you are a suitable candidate for clear aligners, she will create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. 

She will start by taking digital scans of your teeth and use specialized software to create a 3D model of your mouth. This model will then be used to map out the exact movements of your teeth and estimate how long your treatment will take.

Clear aligners will be created based on the treatment plan. They are also custom-made for your teeth. 

You will wear each set of aligners for about 1-2 weeks before getting a new set. You also need to wear them for 20-22 hours a day and only remove them for eating, drinking anything other than water, and cleaning your teeth.

Find Out If Invisalign Is Right for You! 

Book an appointment with The Ivory Dental Co. to find out if Invisalign can help fix your overbite. 

You can request an appointment online or call us at 716-221-0042 for a quick chat.