For those considering aligners or braces for themselves or a teenager, Invisalign may be an option for you. Invisalign can correct a number of different teeth alignment problems.
Invented in 1998, Invisalign has quickly become one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options for teens and adults. It can easily correct misaligned teeth, crooked and crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. Invisalign is a transparent, BPA-free plastic form of dental braces called a clear aligner that works by gradually shifting your teeth with gentle pressure until the desired alignment is achieved.
Although there has been some debate over whether Invisalign can correct an overbite, new advancements in their technology have proven to correct mild to moderate overbites. Using mandibular advancement technology, class II malocclusions are fixed with the help of precision wings that help move your jaw forward.
Types of Overbites
💡 Mandibular advancement refers to your improving the position of your mandible, which is your lower jaw.
💡 Class II Malocclusion is the word in orthodontics and dentistry referring to an overbite, where your upper teeth protrude over your lower teeth.
💡 Mild to moderate overbites can be diagnosed by your dentist or orthodontist. Often, you may opt to realign your teeth for cosmetic reasons. Still, other times overbites can cause medical problems such as headaches, jaw pain or tension, tooth, and gum decay, breathing challenges, bite problems, and even speech problems.
How does Invisalign fix an overbite?
X-rays and a 3D impression of your teeth will be taken to determine if your overbite can be corrected by Invisalign. Clear aligners can be prescribed by both general dentists and orthodontists, meaning you won’t necessarily need a referral to an orthodontics office. Once a mold of your teeth is made, it will be sent off to a lab where your aligners will be made. Then, every two weeks, you’ll get a new set of trays until your perfect bite is obtained.
According to Invisalign®, the average time it takes to correct teeth is 12-18 months, although this depends on the severity of your malocclusion and, if needed, may take longer. It is also essential to wear your trays whenever you aren’t eating, brushing your teeth, or flossing. You should, on average, be wearing your Invisalign 20-22 hours per day to achieve maximum results.
Invisalign near Scranton, PA
Dr. Charles Dennis & his team at Abington Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry are your qualified choice as a Certified Invisalign Provider in Northeast Pennsylvania, the Greater Scranton Area. Contact the office at (570) 587-4031 or use the online booking system to set up a consultation to fix your overbite with Invisalign today!