August 19, 2023
Invisalign can often be the perfect solution for individuals who don’t want to wear braces but still want to straighten their smiles. But while you may already know that Invisalign can improve the positioning of your teeth, could it also be used to correct an overbite or any other bite-related issues that may be bothering you? Your dentist is here with some important information about Invisalign and some of the changes it can make.
So, Is Invisalign a Viable Solution for Bite Problems?
The short answer is yes, Invisalign can indeed be used to improve the alignment of your bite. That being said, some bite issues are more severe than others, and the best treatment in your case may vary depending on your circumstances.
Your dentist can help you explore your options for correcting your bite after performing a detailed examination of your mouth. Invisalign can often be a good choice if you have a mild to moderate overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite.
How Can Invisalign Be Used to Address Bite Problems?
The clear aligners used for the Invisalign treatment will put a small amount of pressure on your teeth. Each aligner guides the teeth a little bit closer to where they need to be in order to help you achieve a straighter grin. Moving the teeth can go a long way toward resolving issues related to the bite.
Additionally, sometimes you may need to wear elastics in conjunction with your Invisalign. The elastics can be used to slowly change the positions of the top and bottom rows of teeth. Your dentist can give you a more detailed overview of what steps your Invisalign treatment will need to include after they have evaluated your mouth and jaw.
How Can You Make Sure Your Invisalign Treatment is a Success?
If you want your Invisalign treatment to go as planned, you need to carefully follow any instructions you receive from your dentist. Below are some basic tips that can help ensure that the process goes smoothly from beginning to end:
- Make sure that you wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours every day. Only remove them when it’s time to eat or carry out your oral hygiene routine.
- Take proper care of your mouth throughout your treatment. Always brush your teeth before you put your aligners back in.
- If you experience any soreness during your treatment, go easy on your mouth by sticking to a soft food diet.
- Once you’re done wearing your Invisalign aligners, be diligent about wearing your retainer for the specified amount of time every day.
An Invisalign treatment administered by a trained expert can help you put your bite problems behind you so that you can embrace a healthier, more attractive smile. Talk to your dentist if you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign.
About the Author
Dr. Anita Kianimanesh (or Dr. Kiani, as her patients call her) is the owner and founder of Purple Plum Dentistry in Falls Church. She studied dentistry at the Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine. She can help her patients correct a wide number of bite problems with Invisalign. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kiani, visit her website or call (703) 998-4244.
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