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Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?
Ever since its invention in 1998, Invisalign has been a popular alternative to traditional braces. Much like braces, invisible aligners make tiny adjustments to your teeth over a period of time in order to improve their spacing and alignment. It's typical that people who use liners also would be interested in correcting an overbite issue, which is caused by upper teeth extending too far ahead of the lower set of teeth.
Thankfully, current research indicates that Invisalign can be used to correct mild-to-moderate overbites in certain patients. However, the time needed to correct an overbite with Invisalign will depend from person to person.
How Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?
Although not purely invisible, Invisalign is much harder to notice in the mouth than traditional metal braces, and there are those who also find these trays more comfortable to use. Since Invisalign liners are custom-made, they can be adapted to your unique orthodontic goals. They're worn on average between 20 to 22 hours a day, depending on how often you need to remove them for other oral care. By gently increasing the amount of force placed on your teeth with each new tray, they will slowly move into a proper alignment and correct your bite.
How Long Will it Take for Invisalign to Correct an Overbite?
Your treatment time when seeking to correct an overbite with Invisalign will be determined by the starting condition of your teeth, the severity of your overbite, and the number of trays that are estimated to be required in order to achieve your ideal alignment. Overall, your Invisalign treatment can last as short as six months to as long as two years or more. Aligners must be taken out for teeth brushing and for meals, and they must be worn overnight in order to have your overbite corrected on schedule. Once your Invisalign overbite treatment is completed, you'll need to wear a retainer in order to keep your teeth in their new alignment.
When Can Invisalign Be Used to Correct an Overbite?
A patient's age is definitely the most important factor when determining the effectiveness as well as the length of treatment. Children's jawbones are still growing, meaning that their jaws are more receptive to treatment in order to properly align the palatal bones utilizing Invisalign, rubber bands, or traditional braces as determined by an orthodontist.
Correct Your Bite Pattern Today
If you're worried about fixing your bite pattern, then don't wait until your teeth are worn down or significant pain sets in. Fruge Orthodontics has been correcting bite patterns in patients for years with the help of an empathetic staff that employs the best bite-correcting methods in the industry. Give us a phone call or email us today to learn more about the unique options available for your case!