Invisalign braces are a huge relief to many people.
Offering an alternative to metal braces, Invisalign, as the name suggests, are just about invisible aligners that are used to straighten teeth and improve alignment by making minor adjustments to your teeth over time, allowing you to achieve that picture-perfect smile.
If you’re looking for a dentist in Manchester City Centre who can provide you with a range of orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign, as well as improve your overall oral health, and boost your confidence, contact us today – our team is ready to make you smile.
In this post, we look at Invisalign and cases of overbite, how Invisalign can help, and some of the benefits this type of orthodontic treatment can provide.
What is an overbite?
An overbite is where a person’s upper teeth overlap the lower ones. Most people have an overbite, and in most cases, a slight overbite is no cause for concern.
However, those with more prominent overbites will require treatment to avoid future dental health problems such as jaw pain and an increased risk of wear and tear on the teeth. It can also affect chewing, speaking, and even facial structure as we get older.
Overbites occur because of several factors, such as children using a dummy or thumb sucking beyond the age of three, genetics, thrusting the tongue against the teeth, causing not only an overbite but also severe jaw pain, and more.
The good news is this is where Invisalign can come in.
Designed to help improve overbites and overall dental health, Invisalign can also help with underbites, crossbites, closing gaps in teeth, crowded teeth, and open bites.
What is Invisalign?
As an experienced and recognised Invisalign dentist in Manchester City Centre, we describe Invisalign as the invisible brace that provides you with an abundance of confidence.
Invisalign is a series of customised, clear, removable aligners tailored to the patient’s treatment plan.
These aligners place gentle pressure on the teeth, moving them to their prescribed location to create a smile you’re proud of.
Using gentle pressure over time, teeth can be manoeuvred into their new position, and adjustments to the jawbone can also be made so that the overbite can be corrected to an acceptable level.
The ideal level for an overbite is less than a 3mm space between the lower and upper teeth (when teeth are closed together).
A professional Invisalign orthodontist will look at the positioning of your teeth, the shape of your jaw, and the severity of the overbite to create the right treatment plan for you.
Can Invisalign fix an overbite?
One of the most common questions we get asked is, “Does Invisalign work for overbites,” and the answer is yes.
From mild to moderate cases, Invisalign can be the perfect solution to help fix an overbite issue.
You will see how the treatment will work as 3D scans are taken of your teeth, helping to determine the areas that require treatment and providing you with a visual time plan and the final result.
These 3D scans allow Manchester dentists like ourselves to design a custom treatment plan for your dental situation.
Aligners will then be manufactured according to your plan and come in sets that must be changed every 1 to 2 weeks, according to your schedule.
Aligners must also be worn for 20 to 22 hours daily to keep you on track, and only be removed for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. Progress checks with your dentist will be booked so alignment can be checked, updates applied, and you can pick up your next batch of aligners.
The length of treatment time with Invisalign for overbites does vary from patient to patient, but in some cases, Invisalign treatment can be completed in just six months!
Retainers will be necessary after treatment to help maintain your smile. Retainers are similar to Invisalign and only need to be worn at night.
A professional orthodontist will assess each dental case on an individual basis, identifying which course of action is right for you.
You may only require trays if you have a mild overbite, where Invisalign aligners apply gentle pressure, minimising discomfort and pulling teeth into a better position.
You may require attachments/clear buttons fixed onto specific teeth for more severe cases to aid more effective movement. Attachments and rubber bands will need to be regularly adjusted for effective results, and your orthodontist will work on a schedule with you for this.
Benefits of opting for Invisalign to fix an overbite
- The clear aligners won’t interfere with your lifestyle compared to metal braces.
- Clear, nearly invisible aligners.
- Removable – trays can be more comfortable to use/wear.
- You won’t experience broken wires or the brace accidentally popping off the teeth.
- Customised to your treatment plan.
- Increased confidence and improved oral health.
- You get a straight smile that you no longer want to hide.
Don’t let your overbite ruin your confidence and cause further long-term problems, call a member of our private dental clinic in Manchester today on 0161 834 0606 and book your initial appointment with us and find out more about the orthodontic options available to you.