When you’re considering orthodontic treatment, there are typically two main options: Braces or Invisalign. Invisalign is a great option for many patients, but you may have heard that it can’t fix some issues. Can Invisalign fix an overbite or are braces needed? Here’s what you need to know about what Invisalign can do for you.
What is an Overbite?
If your dentist or orthodontist diagnoses you with an overbite, it simply means that your top front teeth overlap your bottom front teeth. Most people have some degree of an overbite, but when it is more pronounced it can sometimes cause issues. Dentists typically measure overbites and rate them with percentages. An overbite that is described with a rating between 5 to 25 percent is ideal.
When is an Overbite a Problem?
An overbite can become problematic if it is too large. Larger overbites can lead to issues such as jaw discomfort or areas of your teeth becoming worn down. If this is the case, your dentist may describe the overbite as a “deep bite” and recommend orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign or braces.
Is Invisalign an Option?
The good news is, the answer to the question, “Can Invisalign fix an overbite?” is yes! Many skilled orthodontists use Invisalign aligners to fix overbites and deep bites. Braces can be an option, as well, so talk with your orthodontist about the options available to find the treatment plan that is best for you.
Advantages to Invisalign
Invisalign aligners offer lots of advantages. While braces are attached to your teeth at all times, Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to brush and floss your teeth more easily and enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about damaging any orthodontic appliances. Invisalign aligners are also made of clear, smooth plastic, making them more comfortable than traditional braces, and less visible.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you may have an overbite, or if your dentist has diagnosed you with one, call to make an appointment with an orthodontist today. An orthodontist is your best resource to answer questions like, “Can Invisalign fix an overbite?” and to help you find the orthodontic treatment plan that will best fit your lifestyle while helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Call our Longview or Tyler dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.