Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth using clear, plastic aligners. Unlike conventional braces, which use brackets and metal wires, Invisalign trays are almost invisible, so they’re a popular choice for adults and teenagers.
In addition to being nearly invisible, Invisalign trays are also removable, so you can eat and brush your teeth as usual. And because they are custom-made for your mouth, they are more comfortable to wear than traditional braces.
If you’re looking for a discreet way to straighten your teeth, Invisalign may be the right choice for you.
What is an Overbite?
An overbite is a dental condition in which the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth. This can cause several problems, including pain and an increased risk of tooth damage. In severe cases, an overbite can also lead to speech impairments.
Genetic factors and jaw overcrowding primarily cause an overbite. However, prolonged pacifier use and thumb sucking can disrupt tooth and jaw development in children. Habits like nail biting can influence tooth position in older children, teens, and adults.
If your overbite is mild, you may not require orthodontic intervention. However, your dentist may recommend modifications to your oral hygiene routine, like using an interdental brush, to ensure you clean your teeth properly and reduce the risk of decay.
If you have a moderate overbite, your dentist may prescribe Invisalign to correct the tooth misalignment.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear, customized aligners to gradually straighten teeth by applying continuous pressure, causing the teeth to conform to the shape of the aligner tray.
Your dentist begins by taking a digital impression of your mouth. The information is then entered into the Invisalign software program, where your treatment is mapped out, and 3D models of your trays are created. The data is sent to an off-site Invisalign lab, where your custom aligners are fabricated.
Each set of aligners is worn for one to two weeks before being replaced with the next set in the series. As the aligners are worn, they gradually move the teeth into the desired position.
Although you can remove your aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth, you must wear them for at least 22 hours per day to be effective and straighten your teeth within the projected timeline.
Invisalign Treatment Timeline
The entire process usually takes 9 to 18 months, though some patients’ treatment may be complete in as little as 6 months.
You’ll need to visit your orthodontist every 6-8 weeks throughout the process to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Invisalign is a suitable treatment for most patients, including those with overbites; however, not all overbite patients will be candidates for Invisalign. Here are some criteria that dentists use to decide if a patient is fit for Invisalign treatment:
- You Have a Simple Case. Most cases of overbites are suitable for Invisalign treatment. In severe cases, you may need traditional metal braces with headgear or dental surgery instead.
- You Can Keep Up With the Treatment. Since the treatment requires adherence to strict guidelines, there is significant responsibility placed on the patient.
- You’re Not Missing Teeth. If you are missing teeth, Invisalign may not be an appropriate course of treatment. If you don’t have all your adult teeth yet, you may need to postpone treatment.
Invisalign at Caputo Dental
Invisalign can help improve an overbite without metal braces. If you think Invisalign may be right for you, call Caputo Dental at (630) 922-1311 to schedule a preliminary consultation today. Our dentists will develop an appropriate Invisalign treatment plan to help improve your smile and quality of life.