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Did you know that humans’ adoption of eating utensils — specifically, the fork — may be responsible for the fact that we have an overbite? It’s true! The placement of our teeth has changed since we began using this pronged tool to eat.
While most of us have an upper jaw that juts out ever-so-slightly further than our lower jaw, too much of an overbite can actually lead to health problems. It can also be an embarrassing aesthetic issue.
Luckily, there are ways to correct this problem. Join us as we discuss one such corrective treatment, Invisalign.
First, let’s look at some of the reasons orthodontic patients might consider getting treatment. Over time, an overbite can lead to health issues such as:
In order to achieve and maintain good oral health, orthodontic treatments might be required. Fixing poorly aligned teeth can help alleviate the pain caused by grinding or clenching teeth, prevent damage to the teeth themselves, and eliminate secondary diagnoses.
Invisalign is a treatment that moves the patient’s teeth into an improved position. The results are a straighter, more even smile. That also addresses some of the medical issues brought on by an overbite.
Over a period of 12 to 18 months (on average), Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear aligner trays to gently, gradually, and nearly painlessly adjust the placement of your teeth relative to each other.
Invisalign can be an effective treatment for all types of malocclusions, including overbites.
After an initial consultation with your orthodontist, you will receive a set of clear aligners to wear almost all day and night. You only take out your aligners to eat, drink, or brush and floss your teeth.
Approximately every one to two weeks, you return to the dentist for a new set of aligners. Invisalign aligners work very gently and subtly, which means that the sets need to be replaced more frequently.
Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign is virtually invisible. Most people, when they look at your mouth, will not even notice the wafer-thin trays. However, it is OK to remove the trays altogether if you have a big event and want to look your absolute best.
Some patients experience mild discomfort or an unpleasant sense of pressure with these trays. These feelings are most common in the first day or two after getting fitted with a new set of aligners, and will generally pass afterward.
Another big advantage over metal braces? With Invisalign, you are free to eat any food you like, since you take the aligners out to eat.
If you have an overbite — or any other dental condition that is causing you embarrassment, difficulty eating, or even physical pain — contact Alborzi Orthodontics today! Our friendly, professional staff can get you started on the path to a beautiful new smile.