September 28, 2023
Since receiving approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 1998, Invisalign has been a popular alternative to traditional braces for resolving mild to moderate tooth misalignment. This treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn for 20 to 22 hours a day.
One of the most common reasons that patients at Innovative Dental and Orthodontics is to resolve mild to moderate overbite. There are several reasons why people seek to fix an overbite. In some cases, it is concerns over their appearance and in other cases, it is because it is causing irritation to their teeth, gums, or tongue.
Current research indicates that Invisalign is an appropriate option for most mild to moderate overbites. In some cases, it may be used for a severe overbite- but many times traditional braces are recommended for severe misalignments.
Overbite, often referred to as buck teeth, is a type of tooth misalignment characterized by the upper front teeth sticking out past the lower front teeth.
Most of the time, an overbite is genetic. However, other factors can cause an overbite to develop including:
A mild overbite may have little to no impact on your overall health. However, if left untreated, it can progress and lead to issues including:
Current research indicates that Invisalign clear aligners are an appropriate treatment option for most mild to moderate- and even severe- overbite. This allows patients to discreetly straighten their teeth to create a healthier, more confident smile.
Invisalign is most appropriate for mild to moderate overbites. Typically, traditional braces are recommended for severe overbites. However, Invisalign can be used on severe overbites with the inclusion of SmartForce attachments, which are tooth-colored buttons that are placed on teeth to hold the aligners in place.
Invisalign treatment uses custom-fitted clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into their appropriate position within the jaw. Here’s what you can expect:
There are several factors that determine how long it takes for Invisalign to fix an overbite, including:
Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years- but takes an average of 12 to 18 months.
One of the major factors to treatment is compliance with wearing the aligners. Aligners can be removed for meals and brushing teeth but should not be out for more than 4 hours a day.
You will be given a retainer to wear at the end of your treatment. This should be worn for a full 20 to 22 hours a day at first, gradually reducing the time until it is only worn at night to keep your teeth in their new position.
Both options are viable for most mild to moderate overbites. However, more severe overbite may require traditional braces. Your orthodontist can help you decide which one is right for you based on your needs and the severity of your overbite.
You may also want to consider the following:
If you have a mild to moderate overbite- or other type of tooth misalignment- schedule your consultation visit with the team at Innovative Dental and Orthodontics today. Dr. Sejal Kamat is qualified in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of orthodontic issues, with 3 years of advanced specialty training.
She has a caring personality and treats her patients like family. She will work with you to straighten your smile, improving your oral and overall health as well as your confidence.
We are located on County Road 419 in Oviedo, Florida. You can schedule your appointment by visiting our website or calling the office.