Posted on May 29, 2020 1:13 pm
Braces are in great demand nowadays, not only from children, but from adults as well. Everyone is constantly looking for a better smile, and what better way than braces to correct most problems of teeth alignment.
The art and science of braces (known as orthodontics) have come a long way in the recent years. Traditional metallic braces are a thing of the past (although is still very efficient in treatment). The new age and new demand for a beautiful smile, and the refusal of most patients to have a “metal mouth” has led to the emergence of one of the most cutting edge advances in orthodontics, that is Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
The newest technology of fixing crooked teeth. Instead of metallic braces, wires and colorful elastics stuck to your teeth, a plastic invisible mold is placed on top of them. It acts by pressurizing the teeth in a certain way forcing their movement. The benefits of Invisalign are countless, but the most apparent advantages are of course appearance, as well as a shorter treatment period and fewer visits needed to your orthodontist.
Can Invisalign fix my overbite?
Normally, your upper teeth should cover about 2/3 of your lower teeth when you are biting down. An overbite means that your lower teeth are completely covered by your upper teeth when you close your mouth. In some cases, the situation is so severe that your upper teeth start cutting into your lower lips and gums, causing ulcers and lacerations. Overbites can be due to improper position of teeth, or because of an innate problem in the jaw bones.
But worry not, because it is quite easy to fix. Invisalign is more than capable of treating this condition completely, that is if the problem lies with the teeth not the bones. If your bone structure is sound, and only your teeth are a little out of their normal position, then Invisalign can push them right back in. It wouldn’t even take that much time, in fact. However, if the problem is in the jaws, then this falls right out of their work capabilities. A problem with the bones (known as skeletal malocclusion) needs either a functional appliance (a device acting on the muscles and bones to alter their growth) if you are young and growing, or down right surgery if you passed the age of growth. Neither Invisalign nor traditional braces can help you there.
How do I know if I qualify for Invisalign treatment of overbites?
You need to consult an orthodontist. He\She would ask you for a few X-rays to check the condition of your bones, as well as a few photographs and molds, all to determine the origin of the problem. If your bone condition permits, He\She would definitely recommend Invisalign.
Invisalign is a true wonder. Next to implants, it probably is the leading demand from patients around the globe nowadays. Its benefits certainly outweigh its downfalls, and it can be used for virtually anyone with all but guaranteed results. However, when it comes to the question of “can Invisalign fix my overbite?”, we have to determine the root cause of the problem before answering that.