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Can Invisalign Fix An Overbite?

May 11, 2022
by: Dr. Ammons

If you have an overbite, clear aligners could be the key to your best smile ever. Invisalign is perhaps the most popular and widely recognized type of aligners used in orthodontic treatment, including fixing an overbite.

So, can Invisalign clear aligners fix an overbite?

Invisalign aligners can fix an overbite, or a class II malocclusion. This condition occurs when the upper jaw does not line up with the lower jaw, and the mouth's bite becomes off. Invisalign has shown efficacy at resolving overbites, although severe cases may require other orthodontic approaches, like metal braces.

Invisalign can fix an overbite- want to learn more? Keep reading!

Class II Malocclusion (Overbite)

Do you have an overbite? Most people do, at least a little bit. An overbite occurs when your upper front teeth overlap down and over your lower front teeth. If the overbite is too significant, your dental provider may call it a 'deep bite' which can become painful. When it comes to overbites, there is a percentage system that dictates whether it warrants treatment. An ideal percentage is between 5- 25%. An overbite is one of the many misalignment issues- or malocclusions- that send people to see an orthodontist for treatment options.

Treating an Overbite

If you experience issues due to the misalignment of your teeth- such as difficulty speaking or chewing- talk to a dentist. They can assess if the overbite requires treatment, potentially with clear aligners. If the overbite is severe, like over 25%, it may require metal braces.

Generally speaking, Invisalign helps an overbite by gently shifting and moving the teeth so that the upper and lower teeth are aligned properly when you close your mouth.

Other Issues Invisalign Treats

An overbite is not the only alignment issue that Invisalign helps to treat. Here are a few of the other conditions and issues that may merit the use of Invisalign aligners, per your dental provider of course:

If your teeth are crooked and impacting your smile, Invisalign may be a treatment option for you.

If you have an underbite, when your bottom teeth protrude in front of the uppers, Invisalign might be the right choice. Just as aligners help with an overbite, they can resolve and straighten an underbite.

Do you have a crossbite? This can be a painful condition where your upper teeth sit inside the lowers, rather than outside of them. This condition causes excessive wear and tear on the teeth, too. A crossbite may also cause receding and sore gums.

Invisalign may also be effective at narrowing gaps that you have between teeth. Gaps cause spacing issues, which may cause complications later. Close the gaps and transform your smile with Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign also treats an open bite, which is essentially when the lower and upper teeth do not come together properly when you close your mouth. This off- bite can cause issues with speaking clearly, chewing food, or even swallowing.

Are your teeth crowded? This could be a sign that you have a small jaw. When there is not sufficient room for your teeth, they may overlap or even tilt to accommodate themselves. Depending on how your teeth come in and if they twist too significantly, Invisalign may be able to improve your smile. Better spacing also reduces your risk of gum disease and premature tooth loss.

There are so many conditions and situations that Invisalign can resolve if you are a candidate for this type of orthodontic treatment. So, why wouldn't Invisalign be able to help an overbite? In extreme or severe cases, Invisalign might not be enough. Talk to your dental provider today to find out more!

More About Invisalign

There are some situations that do not clinically indicate clear aligners, and that usually includes severe cases of misalignment. In these instances, your dental provider may use metal braces instead of or in addition to Invisalign treatment.

The costs associated with Invisalign may seem a bit higher than other orthodontic approaches, like metal braces, but remember: Invisalign treatment is typically much shorter than traditional braces. That means, fewer appointments, less copays, and lower mileage running to and from your dentist.

Usually, it only takes a year to completely transform your smile with Invisalign clear aligners. If you have an overbite, talk to your dental provider to learn more.

Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Still have questions about Invisalign, and whether it is right for you? You can always ask your dentist for clarification. Another way to learn more is to check out the feedback and experiences of other patients that have had Invisalign online.

Here are a few of the most common questions that we get regarding treating an overbite with Invisalign clear aligners:

Can Invisalign fix my overbite?
Invisalign can fix an overbite, and many other dental alignment issues, like crooked teeth, crowded teeth, underbites, and crossbites, too. Talk to your dentist to find out if this is a viable option for you.
Is there anything Invisalign can't fix when it comes to my teeth?
Invisalign is not the best solution for severe alignment issues or gaps wider than 6mm per arch of the mouth. Metal braces offer more stability for extreme conditions or cases. Invisalign also does not work for patients that have had or that plan to have dental work done, like veneers, crowns, or bridges.
How long will I have to wear my Invisalign aligners?
Typically, Invisalign treatment lasts between six months and a year, depending on your teeth and how they respond to alignment. For comparison, traditional metal braces are usually worn a minimum of two years for straightening.
Where can I find Invisalign near me?
If you live in South Carolina, you can find Dr. Michael Ammons, an Invisalign specialist, at one of their convenient locations near downtown Charleston, Summerville, Camden, or James Island. His team is waiting to help improve your smile!

Do you have an overbite? Contact us today at Ammons Dental by Design to learn more about your Invisalign treatment options.

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Ammons Dental By Design has four locations so you can find the most convenient office for your family.
CAMDEN
1015 Fair St.
Camden, SC 29020
Monday – Thursday:
8am – 5pm
P: (803) 969-0365
F: (803) 432-2625
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DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON
14 Lockwood Dr,
Charleston, SC 29401
(Suite A on the exterior of the Ashley House Building, across from the marina)
Monday – Thursday:
7am - 4pm
P: (843) 380-2734
F: (843) 577-4464
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1739-B Maybank Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29412
Tuesday – Friday:
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P: (843) 380-8889
F: (843) 990-9504
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1710 Old Trolley., Ste.B
Summerville, SC 29485
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