There are many situations that can force an overbite to occur. Lack of jaw space may push teeth to an outward position; oral manipulation such as sucking on a pacifier or fingers over a period of time can push teeth forward; genetics can contribute to an overbite; trauma can result in misalignment of teeth. Depending on the severity of the overbite, an excellent option for correction is with Invisalign clear plastic aligners.
Depending on the severity of the overbite, an excellent option for correction is with Invisalign clear plastic aligners.
Invisalign provides a means to straighten teeth that is virtually undetectable, making this a popular method of orthodontics for impressionable teens and young adults. And while there is still a need for traditional metal braces, Invisalign can provide:
- Straightening teeth using a series of clear, plastic, removable aligners.
- Reduction or elimination of oral abrasions sometimes caused by metal braces.
- The ability to eat without braces in place meaning no restrictions for meals and snacks.
- The ability to brush and floss without any obstructions.
- Dental cleanings and exams can be performed thoroughly keeping dental decay and plaque build-up to a minimum.
- Although metal braces do not interfere with athletic pursuits, wearing a mouth guard is easier when you can remove braces during sporting activities.
Your orthodontist will perform an assessment to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. The steps will likely involve photographs, dental impressions and x-rays. The Invisalign technicians will fabricate a series of straighteners using 3-D digital technology. The patient will then return to the office for the first of a series of aligners that will be used to gently shift teeth to their correct position.
As with any means of orthodontics, the need for teeth extraction may be needed prior to starting treatment to provide needed jaw space for teeth to shift.
Over time, the aligners will be updated approximately every two weeks to keep teeth moving. This is similar to traditional braces where the orthodontist adjusts the wires to keep the straightening process on track.
It is critical for the patients to keep the aligners in place a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours each day. Failure to do so can prolong treatment or provide an inadequate result.
Your smile makeover can be achieved in about the same amount of time as with traditional braces; rely on our orthodontic team to provide the best diagnosis and follow recommended treatment.