There are some who claim that Invisalign is not capable of correcting underbites and overbites. We disagree. In the right circumstance, and in the hands of an experienced and trained Invisalign doctor, both conditions can be successfully treated with these clear braces.
The Problem With Overbites and Underbites
An underbite occurs when the lower teeth overlap the top teeth, causing uneven wear of the teeth and in some cases TMJ. What is commonly known as an overbite is actually referred to by dental professionals as an overjet, and it occurs when the upper teeth protrude past the lower teeth. Overbites can lead to gum disease and chipped or fractured front teeth.
Does Invisalign Work on These Problems?
Many patients with both of these conditions have been successfully treated with Invisalign. In fact, Invisalign is even more effective at addressing underbites and overbites than it has been in the past, thanks to a new version that facilitates this movement through the use of brackets and rubber bands.
Some of the factors that go into the decision about whether to use Invisalign as a treatment method include:
- Whether the problem is due to jaw position or position of the teeth, or both. If position of the teeth is the issue, Invisalign can correct it. In many cases, the lower teeth are tipped inward toward the inside of the mouth, creating the appearance of an overbite. Invisalign is quite effective at rotating these teeth back into their natural position, often eliminating the overbite.
- The horizontal distance between the upper and lower arches. Mild to moderate discrepancies typically are more effectively addressed with Invisalign. In severe cases, 100% correction may not be possible. However, the correction may be sufficient to improve the bite.
- The patient’s compliance. Because Invisalign braces are removable, their success at achieving any type of movement depends on whether the patient wears them the required 22 hours per day.
Ultimately, the success of any dental treatment depends on the skill and knowledge of your dentist or orthodontist. So talk to your provider about your specific problems – whether overbite, underbite, crowded or gapped teeth — and whether Invisalign will work for you. And if you’re in the Houston area, our cosmetic dentists would love an opportunity to give you our opinion. Call us today at 713-701-1783.