It’s difficult to hide an overbite, but the condition itself can conceal the beginnings of serious dental problems.
Distinguished by the upper teeth biting over the lower teeth, overbite can be hereditary or caused by long-term poor oral health habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting or pen chewing. Regardless of origin, overbite can lead to chipped or fractured teeth, gum disease and painful jaw problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).
Fortunately, overbite can be corrected comfortably and discreetly with Invisalign, a series of clear, custom-fit, plastic aligners that offer the benefits of traditional braces for a comparable cost and a fraction of the hindrance.
To determine if Invisalign might be an effective solution to your specific overbite condition, the first step is a consultation with an Invisalign provider such as Dr. Rod Strober, an experienced San Diego cosmetic dentist and Invisalign Premiere Provider who has successfully corrected more than 250 individual cases with Invisalign.
If Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Strober will use X-rays, digital images and teeth impressions to outline your treatment plan and create your custom aligners. The Invisalign system gently shifts teeth to the desired position, typically within 12 months of daily use of 20 to 22 hours per day.
Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners may be removed for eating, drinking and dental care, and they come with no constraints on food and beverages. The aligners are simple to clean and easily replaceable should one of the components become lost or damaged.
Even better, there are no painful adjustments; you change your aligners every two weeks, and follow-up visits are limited to every six weeks and are geared toward monitoring your progress. Invisalign is suitable for both teens and adults.
As the name implies, Invisalign is also virtually invisible as it shifts your overbite into a properly aligned smile.
If you live in the San Diego, La Jolla or Coronado, California, areas and would like to learn more about Invisalign, please contact the Invisalign experts at Strober Dental.