Ready to say goodbye to your overbite? Tired of the way your underbite makes you look? Feeling as if your teeth are becoming worn down because of your crossbite? No matter the type of bite, if it’s poor aligned and creating additional dental problems as a result, it’s time to consider how you can correct it. While traditional metal braces might seem like the go-to option for this type of care, there is an alternative solution that offers outstanding results without compromising your daily appearance. Spend some time learning how Invisalign clear aligners can make a difference in the way you look as well as how you feel about your smile.
Why It’s Important to Correct Your Bite
Do you want to smile, chew, speak, and smile without experiencing pain? If so, you must make sure that your teeth and jaw are working together correctly. Okay, but what if they are not? A poorly aligned bite can wreak havoc on your oral and facial structure if left untreated for too long. Although the reasons for a misaligned bite are many (i.e. overcrowding, crooked teeth, uneven jaw development, or poorly-fitted crowns/fillings), without prompt treatment, you can experience:
- Severe tooth pain
- Teeth that appear worn down
- Loose/missing teeth
- Chronic jaw pain/sore facial muscles
- Broken teeth
- Gum recession
By choosing to fix your bite while as a child or later into adulthood, you are making a decision that will positively impact the rest of your life.
Different Types of Bites
Because Invisalign is such a versatile treatment option, it is capable of moving and shifting your smile in such a way that your bite, no matter the type, will become more properly aligned. This will alleviate many of the common problems that are often associated with this type of orthodontic problem. Some of the different types of bites that Invisalign can fix include:
- Overbite: This occurs when the top row of teeth protrudes out over the bottom row of teeth. If known to have a “deep bite,” you can experience chronic jaw pain as well as excessive wear and tear on your teeth.
- Underbite: This type of bite occurs when your lower jaw is too far forward, so your bottom teeth sit our further than your top teeth. Causing problems with chewing and speaking, you may find that your teeth wear down more quickly as a result.
- Crossbite: If your top teeth sit inside your bottom teeth when closing your mouth, you have a crossbite and can cause your gums to recede, putting you at a higher risk for gum disease.
- Open Bite: When your teeth do not meet as you close your mouth, you have what is known as an open bite. This can make it difficult to chew or eat certain foods.
How Invisalign Can Help
The way clear braces work depends on the type of bite you have. When receiving your customized aligners, you will need to wear them for the designated amount of time, which is usually 20-22 hours each day for 1-2 weeks at a time. Once you are finished with one set, you will swap them out for the next in the series, at which time you will begin to notice a shift in your teeth. This means you are one step closer to a more beautifully aligned bite.
The only way to determine if you are eligible for Invisalign is to let your dentist perform a thorough examination of your oral cavity and facial structure. If approved for treatment, you can expect to see a dramatic change in less time than you would with traditional metal braces.
About the Author
Dr. Greg Riley completed his Master of Science degree at the University of Miami and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the Temple University School of Dentistry. For 20 years, he has been caring for his patients’ smiles, offering a wide array of dentistry services. In need of orthodontic treatment to address your poorly aligned bite? Let him and his team recommend Invisalign as an alternative orthodontic solution. Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, these clear aligners can offer a multitude of benefits that will have you seeing a smile you can feel good about for years to come. For questions about Invisalign and what it can do for you, visit our website or call (561) 622-7243.