Did you know that Invisalign® is responsible for many corrected smiles worldwide? Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment for multiple teeth issues. It is helpful for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. You use it if you have misaligned teeth. The misalignment treated by Invisalign can vary from mild to moderate misalignment. Patients with crossbite, overbite, and underbite can benefit from Invisalign treatments.
Invisalign's plastic aligner trays move the teeth into alignment. The plastic trays apply gentle pressure on the teeth, which is why they move into alignment. The dentist can direct you to wear the trays for up to 20 hours a day. Since the trays are not permanent, you can keep your oral health routines, such as flossing and brushing.
Invisalign uses a patented technology of aligners that does not include wires or brackets in the design. The manufacturers design them to move your teeth to an aligned state without causing discomfort. Invisalign is arguably the world's most advanced aligner system. The dentist prescribes your treatment following years of research and information.
What Is an Overbite?
An overbite, also known as an overjet, happens when the upper jaw covers the lower jaw, causing your teeth to overlap. It results from bad oral habits, over-development of the jaw, or genetics. Overbites make the upper teeth extend unnaturally while causing gum irritation and jaw joint problems.
What Is an Underbite?
An underbite is the opposite of an overbite. Underbites occur when the lower jaw extends out beyond the upper jaw. This results from overdevelopment of the lower jaw, underdevelopment of the upper jaw, or both. Underbites can cause abnormal tooth wear, which can be painful, a limited function of the teeth, and joint issues.
How Does Invisalign Fix Overbites and Underbites?
If you have an overbite or an underbite, you should first visit a dentist. The dentist will observe the extent of the overbite or underbite. The dentist will then take a digital scan of your mouth to create a 3D image using imaging software. After this, the dentist will issue specific instructions that detail the underbite's extent or overbite.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a technology that translates and sequences the instructions sent by the dentist. It molds aligners finely tuned to your mouth. You are to use the aligners for two to three weeks each, taking them out only for eating, drinking, flossing, or brushing.
After two to three weeks, you return to the dentist for a new calibration of the aligners. Slowly, your teeth will realign to the correct positions. The length of time you will be on Invisalign aligners will depend on the condition of your mouth.
When Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign is best when you are younger, especially while your jaw is still developing, for much better results. It is not ideal for people with complex malocclusions, gum disease or tooth decay, or temporomandibular joint disorders.
For more on Invisalign, visit Robert A. Rees, DDS, at our office in La Jolla, California. You can also call (858) 454-6181 to book an appointment today.