An overbite refers to the top row of teeth covering up the bottom row of teeth. Ideal dental alignment does involve a very slight overbite. A problematic overbite is one in which a majority of the lower row of teeth is concealed by the upper teeth. Not only does this look bad, but it can have a major impact on your dental health.
Here at our Knoxville dental practice, we have many options available to improve the alignment of a person's teeth. One such option to consider is Invisalign®, an alternative to braces that uses clear plastic aligners. Let's see why overbites are a problem and how Invisalign® might be able to help.
Why Overbites Need to Be Taken Seriously
In terms of smile aesthetics, an overbite can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile, even around people you have known for many years. People whose professions involve a lot of public interaction may experience a negative impact on their performance because of their overbite.
In terms of dental health, an overbite can make biting and chewing certain foods difficult, and even painful. What's more, overbites can contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism), which is the shifting of teeth during sleep. This can lead to headaches, tooth damage, gum recession, and even jaw joint problems such as a TMJ disorder.
The above are compelling reasons why orthodontic care such as Invisalign® are helpful.
Can Invisalign® Treat My Overbite?
In a number of cases, yes, Invisalign® can treat a person's overbite.
When the overbite is the result of poor alignment of the teeth, Invisalign® can be quite effective. After several months of treatment, the position of the teeth will be altered and overall dental alignment improved. The patient's overbite will be minimized in the process, enhancing dental health as well as the appearance of the smile.
The Results of Invisalign® Treatment
Patients who undergo Invisalign® treatment are often extremely satisfied with the results of treatment as well as the ease of the treatment process. Their teeth are straightened and the overbite is far less pronounced. Issues associated with a pronounced overbite (such as tooth pain and teeth grinding) are properly addressed thanks to Invisalign® as well.
Since Invisalign® aligners are difficult to detect and are easy to remove and clean, patients experience few interruptions in their daily life during the months-long treatment process. All they need to do is take out their aligners while eating, drinking, and cleaning their teeth. Otherwise, just keep the aligners in place and let them do the work. It's as simple as that.
When Traditional Orthodontics May Be Required
While Invisalign® can help a number of patients who suffer from an overbite, it may not be the ideal option for everyone. Significant anatomical issues involve the bone structure of the dental arch and/or the palate may be to blame for a person's overbite.
While Invisalign® is effective, it will not be the ideal method of improving dental alignment in those cases. In such cases, traditional orthodontic care using braces, palatal expanders, and/or headgear may be more ideal. The ideal approach to treatment can be discussed as part of the consultation process.
Learn More About Treating Overbites
For more information about Invisalign® and how it can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.