An overbite can cause you to feel embarrassed or less confident about your smile. This orthodontic condition occurs when your front upper teeth overlap with the lower front teeth by more than the healthy range of 2 to 4mm. Besides the aesthetics of your smile, a deep bite can cause other issues such as:
- Trouble biting into food and chewing
- Lisping when you speak
- Unevenly worn teeth
- Jaw pain
- Facial soreness
- Injuries to the roof of your mouth when the lower teeth are in contact
Fortunately, these problems can be solved by using the right orthodontic appliances with the Invisalign system. The commonly used devices to correct an overbite with Invisalign include:
Invisalign Mandibular Advancement
This appliance comprises aligners with plastic wings that help to gradually guide the lower jaw forward in small increments, while simultaneously straightening the lower front teeth and aligning the jaws. This appliance is typically used to correct overbites for young patients under 12 years, whose permanent teeth are still developing.
Elastics and motion device
For patients above the age of 12 years, mandibular advancement appliances cannot be successfully used to fix an overbite. Instead, your dentist may recommend wearing Invisalign aligners with elastics to gradually move the front teeth in the lower jaw forward, while moving the front teeth in the upper jaw backwards to correct a deep bite.
If you have a severe overbite, your dentist may recommend an additional orthodontic appliance known as the “motion” device. This is a small bar that is placed on the upper teeth to reduce the underbite while undergoing your treatment with elastics and aligners.
Consult your dentist today
You can correct an overbite with Invisalign and fix the function and aesthetic of your mouth at any stage in your life. Compared to other orthodontic treatments for overbites, the Invisalign system is less invasive, more comfortable, and easier to clean.
Please contact your Invisalign dentist in Calabasas CA to evaluate your individual case and design the most appropriate customized orthodontic treatment plan for your overbite.