Since tooth alignment became a problem, traditional braces have been the go-to solution. Clear aligners are comfortable and custom-made to help you straighten your teeth and gums. Since they’re virtually invisible, you can keep showcasing your beautiful smile even while the process is underway.
Invisalign treatment has been established as one of the best forms of treatment for some teeth alignment problems, but can it remedy an overbite? Here, we’ll look at how Invisalign aligners help fix them.
What is an overbite?
An overbite is an orthodontic condition wherein the upper teeth protrude out past the lower teeth, leaving a gap between both sets of teeth. This condition can cause pain, tooth decay, speech problems, difficulty in tooth movement, etc.
When it degenerates over time, it will require further orthodontic treatment. Although, in minor cases, Invisalign treatment may be effective.
Fixing an overbite with Invisalign clear aligners
Invisalign clear aligners can fix mild overbites depending on the specific condition. Being transparent and less bulky, the aligners are usually more convenient for people.
To fix this orthodontic issue, the orthodontist uses transparent aligners to adjust the teeth into shape. When worn, the aligner places force on the teeth and helps to straighten them in the shape required.
How Long Should an Invisalign Treatment Process Last?
It is difficult to predict how long your treatment will last with any degree of accuracy. This is because every patient will have unique dental alignment issues. However, many orthodontists will advise that Invisalign treatment could last anywhere from 6 to 12 months or longer, depending on your case.
Just like other orthodontic treatment options, the speed of the effect of aligners will depend on some factors like the teeth’s condition, the amount of force required to align the teeth, etc.
Dr. Seema Amin, our family dentist, will examine your teeth to find out what will be the most effective treatment, and if it is Invisalign, custom aligner trays will be made to suit your needs.
It is important to note that a patient will need to wear the aligner for up to 20-22 hours a day, taking into cognizance the time you’ll have to remove it to brush your teeth and eat. This means that if you remove your aligners for more than 2 hours a day, you might have to wear them for a longer time.
Also, the aligners have to be changed into slightly different ones after every one or two weeks to increase the force on the teeth and ensure progress.
What Happens When the Invisalign Clear Aligners Are Removed?
When the Invisalign is removed after 2 years (or any stipulated time), you’ll still need to wear Vivera retainers. These will help secure your teeth in their new alignment and ensure you keep your new smile.
Vivera retainers are an official Invisalign product, and as such are the right option to use after the Invisalign aligners are removed. They will hold the alignment in place for some time to allow the jawbone to grow some bone tissue to hold the teeth in place.
Note that if you don’t use retainers after removing your Invisalign, the teeth might go back to their original shape. Also, an orthodontist will have to determine how long you’ll have to wear the retainer and for how many hours a day.
Can You Use Rubber Band With Invisalign?
Rubber bands are used to quicken the Invisalign process by adding more force to the teeth to ensure it falls into the required alignment.
To use rubber bands with Invisalign clear aligners, the dentist will have to use a bonding material on some of your teeth (upper canines and lower molars in the case of overbites) to form a button. The rubber band will now be attached to the buttons on your upper and lower teeth to hold them in place.
Invisalign treatment is effective against many other orthodontic conditions like gapped teeth, crossbites, and underbites, among others. The versatile use of Invisalign is one of the reasons why many dentists recommend virtually invisible aligners.
Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign Treatment
While most people would prefer Invisalign aligners because of their pleasing aesthetics, others would prefer traditional braces because of their effect.
Here are some differences between the two options:
- Invisalign takes a shorter time (6 months – 2 years) but has less effect and is ideal for mild cases, while braces should be worn for 1 – 3 years but have greater effect and is ideal for severe cases.
- Invisalign aligners are transparent and, therefore, more aesthetically pleasing than metal brackets, although ceramic and lingua ones are also not bad.
- The maintenance and care required for Invisalign aligners might make them a tiny burden on many patients. They could even get lost when removed before eating or while cleaning them.
So whatever option you prefer, contact Tarpon Dental immediately to help you get started with straightening your dentition and going out all smiles.
Why Should You Get Invisalign for Your Orthodontic Treatment
Most people want a new smile but not the 1 – 3 year look of braces on their teeth. Thankfully, you don’t have to experience that anymore because you can get the best dentistry practice and results by getting an Invisalign treatment plan from Tarpon Dental today.
Also, note that orthodontic issues are degenerative and could cause further harm. Age even has a role to play in the effect of any dental or orthodontic treatment, so you’d be better off treating your mild problem with Invisalign in less time.
Contact Us Today for the Best Orthodontic Care
Do you want a better smile? Do you want better-looking dentition that inspires confidence? With renowned best-in-class consultants, we’ll offer you a personalized experience and treatment suited to your needs to ensure you get the new set of teeth you want.
We provide you with align technology and dental treatment plans that’ll suit your problem and ensure you get the smile you deserve.
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