Colloquially referred to as buck teeth, an overbite can lead to a lack of confidence, speech impairments, a collapsed bite and a sunken face that accelerates your aging process. While you may have resisted getting orthodontic treatment because just the thought of metal braces put you off, you now have an exceptional alternative in the technologically advanced products from Invisalign. Your nearby dental team at Stamford Dental Arts is experienced in providing teeth straightening with Invisalign for you and your family. Call today to see if your overbite can be corrected with Invisalign.
Invisalign is a clear alternative to metal braces for straightening your teeth. Of all the dental misalignment issues, such as crooked teeth or a crossbite, the most common problem is an overbite. If you suffer from an overbite but don’t want the obtrusive look of metal braces, the Invisalign process may be the right solution for you. In fact, addressing an overbite is one of the best reasons to get these clear aligners.
Invisalign has become such a well-known, trusted name in dental treatment that it has become synonymous with all clear tooth alignment products, just as Kleenex has become the practical name for facial tissues. If you’re looking for a nearby dentist in Stamford, CT to provide an Invisalign treatment for your overbite, Stamford Dental Arts isn’t far away from you. A family dentistry practice, they offer Invisalign’s advanced teeth straightening products to you and your teenagers.
Also referred to as a deep bite or buck teeth, an overbite describes a condition in which your top front teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth when you close your mouth. Most people have some degree of overbite. Dentists measure it as a percentage — a five to 25 percent overbite is considered ideal.
Most overbites result from a small lower jaw, so your upper teeth appear to protrude further in front of your lower teeth. This situation may prevent your upper molars from perfectly meeting your lower molars in the back of your mouth. If not corrected, it creates some serious misalignment of your teeth, especially near the back of your mouth.
In addition to enhancing your smile’s appearance, correcting an overbite also improves your overall oral health. If your back teeth are making contact with the roof of your mouth, they can damage the tissue and cause sores and ulcers. Even if your overbite isn’t too severe, better alignment reduces wear and tear on your teeth, which makes them last longer.
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For years, the only effective treatment for an overbite was metal orthodontic braces and uncomfortable headgear. These dental appliances created an awkward, painful and downright ugly way to correct an overbite. Anyone who has suffered through the process will never likely forget it.
Clear aligners like Invisalign represent a flexible, versatile and invisible way to correct your overbite. While there are many benefits to Invisalign, they have several specific advantages over traditional orthodontic treatments for an overbite, including:
You must keep the aligners in place for as long as possible, as close to 24 hours a day as you can get. You can take them out for brief social or work encounters, but if you want the shortest possible treatment time, wear your clear aligners as much as possible. You can’t drink sugary or acidic beverages while wearing your Invisalign, since it can trap the liquid against your teeth. Such drinks cause tooth decay and create cavities. If you do drink a sugary beverage, brush your teeth and clean your Invisalign clear aligners before you put them back in your mouth.
Normally, each Invisalign clear aligner has to be worn for two weeks before switching to a new one. But at Stamford Dental Arts, you only need to wear each aligner for five to seven days, due to Propel, which accelerates the process. While it’s convenient to remove, your Invisalign aligners can’t treat your overbite unless they’re in your mouth. Refrain from constantly taking them out. When it’s in your mouth doing its work, it’s also impossible to lose.
Invisalign may not be the most appropriate choice for everyone who has an overbite. But it produces excellent results with a minimum of trouble for most people. Invisalign clear aligners work effectively for teenagers with an overbite, but only if the teen is disciplined enough to wear them correctly. Most adults who want straighter teeth appreciate that Invisalign works discreetly.
If you think you may be a suitable candidate for Invisalign treatment for an overbite, schedule a free consultation with your nearby Stamford dentist. Stamford Dental Arts has been serving area customers since 2011. Ali Modiri, DDS, and Marjan Moghadam, DDS, MA are Invisalign Platinum Providers, so they have the most up-to-date training.
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