Do you have an underbite? Keep reading to find out more about what Invisalign aligners can do for your smile!
Invisalign and an UnderbiteWhat exactly is an underbite? An underbite occurs when your bottom teeth protrude in front of your upper teeth. This impacts your bite, how you chew, the way that you speak- and the appearance of your smile. Depending on the severity of your protruding bottom teeth, Invisalign clear aligners may be able to shift and move the teeth into a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing position. This will help push the bottom teeth back behind the front teeth in a natural way.
If your underbite is severe, your dental provider may recommend metal braces in addition to clear aligners for additional support during treatment.
Advantages of AlignersInvisalign is becoming very popular for many reasons. These clear aligners have created a way for people to straighten their teeth, improve their smile, and build their self-confidence with ease, comfort, and convenience. This could be why over 12 million people have or do wear Invisalign. Here are a few of the advantages:
- Invisalign is the perfect, discreet way to straighten your smile- in about a year, depending on the severity of your misalignment.
- Invisalign helps underbites, but also overbites- which is when your upper teeth protrude too far in front of the bottom. Both underbites and overbites can make it difficult to eat or speak comfortably.
- You have a crossbite when some of
- Spacing issues with your teeth may result in gaps. Gaps are problematic because food, particles, and plaque can build-up and get caught. Aligners like Invisalign help to close these gaps and transform your smile.
- How is your bite? Some patients suffer from an open bite, whereas their upper and lower teeth do not come together properly. Invisalign helps realign and fix open bites.
- If your teeth overlap, it is likely because your mouth is crowded. This could be due to a small jaw and mouth, but it creates teeth that do not have enough room in between each one. This can precipitate gum disease as the crowding makes it tough to clean and floss properly. Invisalign may be able to help with the spacing and crowding- talk to your dental provider to learn more!
Your dental provider will determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign or not. Some severe cases of misalignment require the added support of metal braces but talk to your dentist to find out more.
Disadvantages of AlignersAs with anything, there are some drawbacks of Invisalign that makes them ill-suited for specific dental patients. Depending on the condition and severity of your underbite, you may not be a good candidate for aligners. Talk to your dental provider to find other options if the following preclude you from Invisalign teeth straightening:
- If you have complex orthodontic needs, Invisalign or other clear aligners may not be for you. Significant shifting or alignment issues require metal braces usually, but you can talk to your dental provider to find out more about treatment options.
- The shape of your teeth has a lot to do with whether you can effectively wear Invisalign aligners. Some shapes that are problematic for this type of treatment include:
- Short teeth
- Pegged teeth
- Round teeth