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Invisalign for an Overbite

An overbite is a problem where the upper and lower jaw isn’t correctly aligned. As a result, the lower jaw is too far back, so the upper teeth bite too far forward, making it impossible to properly close the upper and lower front teeth.

Two different types of overbites can occur, and the first is called a vertical overbite. With a vertical overbite, your upper front teeth significantly overlap your lower front teeth. If you have a horizontal overbite, your upper front teeth will protrude over your lower front teeth, a condition that is sometimes called buck teeth.

What Causes an Overbite?

Oral habits can cause an overbite, or it may be genetic. The shape of your jaws is inherited and can affect your occlusion. Oral habits that can cause an overbite include a severe nail-biting habit or a thumb-sucking habit that continues past age three. An overbite can also be caused by tongue thrusting, where the tongue presses against the teeth. Using a pacifier beyond age three can cause an overbite.

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What Problems Are Caused by an Overbite?

A severe overbite can make it difficult to fully open and close your mouth, and it can be uncomfortable to chew food. You may develop jaw pain, and speech can be challenging. Other problems that an overbite can cause include teeth wearing down abnormally. Most people have a slight overbite that may not cause any issues, but Invisalign clear aligners are designed to correct overbites or deep bites.

How Can Invisalign Correct an Overbite?

Invisalign clear aligners use special “wings” positioned towards the back of the lower and upper aligners and help push the lower jaw forward. Using these wings can help correct mild to moderate overbites successfully.

How Long Will It Take to Correct an Overbite with Invisalign?

The time needed to correct an overbite can vary depending on the extent of the overbite and your age. Younger people have more malleable jawbones as they are still growing, so it is easier and quicker to correct overbites in children and teenagers. Adults have fully formed jawbones, so treatment takes longer but can still be very successful.