Correct Your Overbite with Invisalign
If the thought of wearing braces has prevented you from getting treatment for an overbite, Invisalign® may be right for you. Invisalign corrects tooth alignment issues without the use of braces, making it a popular choice for discreet orthodontic treatment.
Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht provide orthodontic treatment with Invisalign for overbite at their Staten Island, NY, practice. Our dentists can evaluate your smile to determine if Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that improves the alignment of the smile without the use of bulky metal braces. Instead, our patients wear a series of clear aligner trays made of smooth, clear, BPA-free plastic.
Aligners are worn for at least 22 hours a day and can be removed while eating as well as brushing and flossing the teeth. Because aligners are removable, patients don't have the same dietary restrictions as those with traditional metal braces and often find it much easier to keep their teeth clean.
Why Correct an Overbite with Invisalign?
On overbite refers to an alignment issue in which the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth. While a slight overbite is healthy, a pronounced overbite can cause many problems. Untreated overbites can affect oral health and self-esteem. Correcting an overbite with Invisalign is a great way to enhance the beauty of the smile while also improving oral health.
There are many reasons to consider Invisalign for treating malocclusion. Our Staten Island dentists take a look at some of the most compelling reasons to correct an overbite.
Protect Oral Health
An overbite can negatively impact oral health. Because one or more teeth are not properly aligned when an overbite is present, it can cause uneven wear on the teeth. For example, the upper front teeth may rub against the bottom front teeth and wear down the enamel.
Enamel is important to oral health as it acts as a barrier against bacteria. It helps protect the teeth from cavities and root canal infections. If a significant amount of enamel is worn away by an overbite, the teeth may be vulnerable to decay.
Correcting an overbite with Invisalign can help prevent enamel loss caused by the teeth rubbing together.
Reduce Jaw Pain and Provide Relief for TMJ Disorder
For people with alignment issues such as an overbite, a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder or TMD) may develop.
TMJ disorder can occur when the joint that connects the jaw to the skull becomes irritated. Alignment issues can strain this joint, causing the jaw to become sore. In addition to causing jaw pain, TMJ disorder sufferers may also experience chronic headaches, difficulty eating, and could develop tinnitus.
Invisalign can be used to treat overbites and improve dental alignment. This can help reduce strain on the jaw and provide relief for jaw pain and TMJ disorder.
In addition to the health benefits of treating an overbite with Invisalign, perhaps most patients' favorite benefit is an overall improvement to the appearance of the smile.
By improving the alignment of the teeth, Invisalign creates straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smiles. Because Invisalign uses clear aligners, patients can show off their teeth as they improve during the treatment process.
Find Out If Invisalign Is Right for You
If you live in or around Staten Island and would like to find out if Invisalign is right for you, please call (718) 571-8937 to schedule a consultation.