Can Invisalign Fix Overbite?

December 28, 2023

Overbite is a common tooth misalignment condition. A malocclusion of teeth causes your front teeth to protrude outwards. Excessive thumb sucking, prolonged use of pacifiers, or genetic reasons usually cause it.

Fortunately, orthodontic science has developed new, painless, and convenient ways to fix tooth misalignment issues among young children. One of the most advanced treatments for overbite is Invisalign. It can help fix overbite and other malocclusions in teeth for children, teenagers, and adults.

Different Types of Overbites

There are two kinds of overbite –

  • Vertical Overbite - When the top teeth overlap your lower teeth, it is a vertical overbite.
  • Horizontal Overbite - When your top teeth stick out in front of your bottom teeth, it is a horizontal overbite.

Both kinds of overbites happen due to dental or skeletal issues. Dental issues are described as teeth misplacement or misalignment. Skeletal issues are described as jaw misalignment problems. Genetic factors or bad habits may cause overbites at a young age. They affect your orthodontic health and must be treated in a unique way.

Potential Dental Damages Caused by an Overbite

If you develop an overbite, it can result in numerous dental damages. It can also affect your overall health and influence your quality of life if left untreated. Some of the potential dental damages caused by an overbite are listed below –

  1. Cavities - Overbites can lead to tooth decay and cavities.
  2. Speech Problems - Overbite at a young age, resulting in speech impediments.
  3. Erosion of Tooth Enamel - Overbites may cause tooth enamel erosion if left untreated.
  4. Gum Disease - Overbites don't allow people to maintain good oral hygiene, which may lead to gum diseases.
  5. Headaches - Jaw misalignment may cause persistent headaches that can develop into migraines.
  6. Difficulty Eating - Overbites make chewing and eating food difficult.

Can Invisalign Fix Overbite?

Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic procedure that can fix mild to moderate overbites. In severe overbite cases, your orthodontist may suggest traditional metal braces or Invisalign, depending on the severity of your overbite.

When you visit the orthodontist, they will examine your teeth and the extent of your overbite. Based on the examination, they will suggest the best course of treatment. If they recommend Invisalign, they will create customised clear plastic trays using a digital dental scan of your teeth.

Each aligner is designed and manufactured to fit your teeth at every stage of your treatment. You will need to change these trays every fifteen days. These aligners move your teeth in small increments to slowly correct the misalignment and bring your teeth to a straighter position.

Benefits of Choosing Invisalign for Correcting an Overbite

There are various benefits of choosing Invisalign for correcting an overbite. Some of them are listed below –

  1. Length of Treatment - Invisalign treatment for overbites ranges between 6 months to 2 years. This is a shorter duration, compared to the length of treatment for traditional braces which is between 1 to 3 years. A short length of treatment is a significant benefit of Invisalign.
  2. Appearance - Invisalign braces are clear plastic and fit your teeth perfectly. In most cases, they are completely unnoticeable. The aesthetically pleasing appearance of Invisalign braces enables adults to use them without feeling self-conscious about their looks.
  3. Lifestyle - The most important benefit of Invisalign is that it does not hamper your lifestyle. The clear braces are easy to remove and do not restrict you from eating, playing sports, or travelling. You needn’t visit the dentist weekly to tighten the braces or for emergency repair of broken wires or brackets. It enables you to keep your lifestyle the same.

How Long Does It Take to Fix an Overbite with Invisalign?

The duration of any teeth misalignment treatment depends on the condition of your teeth, the severity of the misalignment (in this case, overbite), and the efforts needed to fix the overbite. Here is a look at an estimate of how long it takes to fix an overbite –

  • Usually, overbite patients are recommended that they must wear their Invisalign aligners for six months to two years.
  • Orthodontists recommend that if you are undergoing teeth alignment treatment with Invisalign, you should wear your aligners 24 hours a day. You should only take them out for brushing your teeth and before eating. If you wear your aligners for less than 24 hours in a day, it may take longer to complete the treatment.
  • After your teeth are completely realigned, you may need to continue wearing your aligners until your bones heal and affix them to their new position.

Can You Use Rubber Bands with Invisalign?

Depending on the course of treatment determined by your orthodontist, they may or may not use rubber bands with Invisalign. Rubber bands, or ‘elastics’ as they are called in orthodontics, help tighten the braces’ hold over the teeth and place additional pressure to help your teeth move in a specific direction.

Invisalign is a breakthrough solution for teeth misalignment. It enables patients to achieve the perfect smile without causing pain, discomfort, or altering their appearance with unsightly braces. Invisalign for overbite is a commonly recommended treatment known to show desirable results.

At Central Park North Orthodontics, we understand that every patient is unique and consider your dental health and history before recommending a treatment. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your overbite problems. Our state-of-the-art clinic and expert doctors are dedicated to helping you get the alignment results you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Orthodontists do not recommend fixing an overbite without braces. If you don’t wish to use metal braces, you can choose Invisalign’s clear braces that align your teeth without altering your appearance.

Yes. An overbite may give your face an asymmetrical shape. Correcting the overbite perfectly aligns your jaw with the rest of your face. Living with an overbite can be uncomfortable, it can give you speech impediments, and make it difficult to maintain oral hygiene.

Invisalign can correct mild to moderate overbite in children, teenagers, and adults. For a severe overbite, your orthodontist may recommend surgery first.
Dr. Patel

Dr. Patel is an orthodontist and maintains a private practice in Rome, NY. He completed his undergraduate education at the Ohio State University. Then, he earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Patel attended a three-year, dual-degree residency at Columbia University in New York City. Here, he earned his certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics as well as earning a Masters in Oral Biology. During his time off, Dr. Patel likes to stay active by jogging, biking, and hiking.

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