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Can Invisalign Fix Overbite - What Problems Can Invisalign Treat?

Dental Designs Clinic Singapore
06 Feb, 2024

Invisalign is a game-changer for those who desire healthy and perfectly aligned teeth. This clear plastic aligner system1 allows you to achieve straight teeth without the drawbacks and hindrances of metal braces.

Invisalign treatment has become a popular choice for addressing various orthodontic issues, including overbites, both severe and moderate. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners offer a discreet and comfortable alternative for straightening teeth and correcting bite misalignments. Through careful planning and aligner therapy, Invisalign accredited dentists can make treatment plans to fix overbites and achieve optimal results.

 

What can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign can treat a range of orthodontic issues including:

 

Overbite and underbite

Having an overbite is frequently described as ‘bugs bunny teeth’ or protruding teeth. Severe overbites, where the upper front teeth significantly protrude over the lower teeth, can lead to jaw pain, speech problems and even dental issues if left untreated.

Invisalign aligners provide a non-invasive solution for fixing overbites without the need for surgery or other orthodontic devices. By using aligner trays with plastic wings or attachments strategically placed to facilitate tooth movements, Invisalign works to gradually shift the teeth forward or backward, depending on the individual's specific needs.

Patients with severe overbites undergoing Invisalign treatment may also benefit from mandibular advancement techniques, where the lower jaw is repositioned to improve bite alignment and function. Moderate overbites, characterised by the upper teeth sitting slightly forward over the lower teeth, can also be effectively treated with Invisalign. The aligners work to correct the positioning of the teeth and encourage proper alignment of the bite over time.

An underbite is the exact opposite and could be caused by having a larger lower jaw. If you have an overbite or underbite, you may find it hard to pronounce some words properly. Click here to read about how Invisalign can fix underbite.

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Crossbite

When you close your mouth and some upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth, you have a crossbite. A crossbite can result in severely worn teeth, receding gums, and bone loss.

 

Open bite

Yes, Invisalign can fix an open bite too, one of the less common malocclusions. This condition is when the upper and lower teeth do not meet even when the two jaws are in contact. In Singapore, open bites are frequently seen among those with speech issues.  

 

Gaps in teeth

If you have a gap between your teeth, you have a spacing issue. This excess space can appear either in one area of your mouth or through your entire bite. It is usually caused by abnormal jawbone growth or tooth loss which causes surrounding teeth to shift. The fashion industry might have at some point glamourised the gapped teeth look, but in orthodontics, having gaps in teeth is an invitation for food to be caught between the teeth and gums, leading to pain and gum disease!

 

Overcrowding

When there is not enough room in your mouth for your teeth to sit and grow comfortably, they can overlap and twist. This is known as overcrowding, which typically happens in people with small jawbones. When not addressed, overcrowded teeth can become crooked and affect your bite. They are also harder to clean, which increases plaque buildup and your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Continue reading to find out how Invisalign can fix crooked teeth.

 

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What does Invisalign NOT treat?

While Invisalign can treat a myriad of issues2, it is not without its drawbacks. If you decide to use Invisalign, you need to know that you have to consistently wear the Invisalign clear aligners for a minimum of 22 hours daily. As Invisalign can only work when they are on your teeth, the longer they are on your teeth, the more effective they will be at achieving the desired result.

You can remove the Invisalign clear aligners just for eating and brushing your teeth. You should also take them off if you are drinking anything that is not plain water. Once you are done with your meal or drink, you should brush your teeth to clean them off any food particles, then put on your Invisalign clear aligners again. 

For complex cases, Invisalign alone may not be enough. Other supportive mechanisms can be utilized to solve complex cases with Invisalign to achieve a similar result as metal braces. For example, you may be asked to use orthodontic elastics which are similar to what is used for metal braces, to push the teeth in a certain direction.

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Overall, Invisalign offers a versatile and efficient orthodontic treatment option for fixing overbites and addressing a wide range of orthodontic issues. Whether the overbite is more severe or moderate, Invisalign aligners can help patients achieve a new smile and improve oral health without the need for traditional braces or invasive procedures.

By consulting with an experienced Invisalign provider and following a personalised treatment plan, patients can enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile and enhanced confidence. To learn more about Invisalign click here.

Feel free to reach out to our team of qualified dentists and we will assess your condition and recommend a treatment plan. 

 

References

  1. Lagravère, M. O., & Flores-Mir, C. (2005). The treatment effects of Invisalign orthodontic aligners: a systematic review. Journal of the American Dental Association (1939), 136(12), 1724–1729. https://doi.org/10.14219/jada.archive.2005.0117
  2. Kravitz, N. D., Kusnoto, B., BeGole, E., Obrez, A., & Agran, B. (2009). How well does Invisalign work? A prospective clinical study evaluating the efficacy of tooth movement with Invisalign. American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics, 135(1), 27–35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajodo.2007.05.018