Can Invisalign Fix Underbite?

Posted on: December 11, 2019

Invisalign Everett, MA

Invisalign clear aligners can be used to correct dental problems. Many people are not born with teeth that are aligned properly. Your teeth should grow in such a way that your upper teeth fit just a little over your lower teeth. Your molars should fit into each other. Proper tooth alignment prevents people from biting their lips, cheeks or tongues when eating.

Invisalign for underbite correction

Maintaining a beautiful smile is difficult when a person has a serious dental problem. But just because the mouth can have a problem, it does not mean it is untreatable. An underbite happens when the lower jaw protrudes forward. When a person closes the mouth, the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth. Several factors can contribute to the development of an underbite. These include injuries, genetics, tumors and childhood habits such as thumb-sucking.

Importance of underbite correction

Most times, slightly misaligned teeth do not require treatment. However, correcting an underbite when it is severe is important. The severity can vary. A mild underbite is when the upper teeth and lower teeth almost meet. Sometimes, the teeth may not meet at all when the gap is so wide.

An underbite can make it hard for a person to speak clearly or chew properly. It may also cause a person’s teeth to wear down quickly. Thankfully, these problems can be avoided or prevented when it is corrected. Patients often feel less strain on the jaws, teeth and facial structure. It makes it easier to clean the teeth and also reduces the risk of dental decay and gum disease. The use of Invisalign clear aligners may be recommended by a general dentist.

Invisalign treatment

Invisalign clear aligners are an effective treatment option for underbites. In many cases, aligners can be used for underbite correction. Invisalign aligners can move back the lower teeth so that they sit behind the front teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible and removable. They are a popular option for individuals who do not want other people to notice them. The aligners are comfortable and can be removed before eating.

Sometimes, it may not be possible to treat an underbite using only Invisalign aligners. In severe cases, Invisalign treatment may be combined with surgery. Underbite surgery may involve reshaping in order to either shorten the lower jaw or to lengthen the upper jaw. Sometimes, wires, screws or plates can be used to maintain the proper shape of the jawbone. Surgery can have risks and side effects, including bleeding problems, scarring and infection. There are also risks associated with general anesthesia.

Learn more

Having an underbite can be stressful. It can cause mental distress and lead to the development of many problems. Treatment using Invisalign clear aligners can stop the progression or prevent the development of many problems. Sometimes, Invisalign treatment is incorporated into a course of treatment that includes surgery. If you want to learn more about the benefits of underbite correction, set up an appointment with your general dentist.

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