Does Invisalign Treatment Fix An Overbite?

The answer to this is yes, sometimes. 

To understand why it is important to first know what an overbite is.

An overbite is a misalignment of the upper and lower teeth when one or more of the teeth protrudes past the others. People are born with an overbite due to genetics, or it can develop as a result of orthodontic treatment. The teeth are crowded into the mouth and the overbite occurs as a way to evenly distribute them. 

Overbites can occur on their own, or along with other issues like cross-bite (posterior teeth biting inside the upper teeth) and open-bite (teeth do not touch when biting together), which can cause pain, gum disease, and an increased chance of tooth decay.

An overbite can be fixed with traditional braces. However, sometimes the overbite may be so severe that traditional braces will not work and Invisalign may be the best option.

Many characteristics make Invisalign a better alternative to traditional braces for correcting an overbite.

More discreet treatment with Invisalign means seeing your dentist less frequently and revealing to others that you are in treatment for a problem. 

Another benefit of Invisalign is that it can be removed for cleaning. This is not possible with traditional braces, which makes them more susceptible for tooth decay between visits.

Invisalign is also considered a more cost-effective treatment since it may be covered by dental insurance, which is not always the case for traditional braces.

However, Invisalign does have some drawbacks that must be considered when making a decision between Invisalign or traditional braces.

Since Invisalign is removable, you cannot eat anything that will stain the aligners, including certain foods like berries and apples.

This can be a challenge for some people to navigate, and you will need to make sure that your dentist or orthodontist can provide you with guidance.

Invisalign also does not work as well as traditional braces at closing gaps between teeth, which is helpful for orthodontic treatment. 

Invisalign also takes a longer amount of time to move teeth from one position to the next when compared with traditional braces.