Are you wondering if Invisalign can fix your underbite, the answer is almost always yes. Clear, aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and convenient, Invisalign is an effective solution for many different types of teeth straightening needs.
Metal braces used to be the standard treatment used to correct an underbite, but today, Invisalign offers an unobtrusive, easy-to-use alternative.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Using clear plastic aligner trays, Invisalign gradually directs your teeth toward their best alignment. They’re replaced every week or two, and they are removable while you eat, and to brush and floss your teeth, making the whole straightening process more convenient as well as less obtrusive and more comfortable overall. The aligners are customized for each patient.
Unlike metal braces, which can be uncomfortable and must be worth 24 hours a day every day, Invisalign aligners are:
- Almost invisible
- Easy to remove for eating, brushing, and flossing
- May allow for a shorter treatment time period than metal braces
- Are comfortable, usually causing only a sensation of pressure
So can Invisalign fix your underbite efficiently? Let’s start with a look at what an underbite actually means.
The Meaning of an Underbite
If your teeth are aligned properly, the teeth in the upper front of your mouth reach just slightly over the teeth in the lower front of your mouth. When your mouth is closed, your front upper teeth will cover the lower front teeth. But if you have an underbite, the lower teeth in the front of your mouth protrude over your upper front teeth.
What causes an underbite? It can happen due to a misalignment of the lower jaw, or from either thumb sucking or bottle feeding after the age of 3. Overly crowded teeth can also be the cause of an underbite.
It’s the opposite of an overbite, which is what occurs when your upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth in the front of your mouth.
If left untreated, an underbite can cause other problems besides a less attractive smile. It can cause your teeth to become worn, or even chipped, as well as lead to issues such as mouth breathing or halitosis. And it can lead to a difficulty in chewing or speaking.
Tooth decay can also accelerate due to an underbite. It’s harder to brush and floss your teeth to keep them clean when you have an underbite, which can lead to gum disease as well as cavities.
But Invisalign can help. It is especially effective if an underbite is caused by a poor alignment of your teeth.
After an examination and assessment, your dental team will help you decide if Invisalign is the right treatment for your underbite, and create the best plan for your treatment overtime.
Reach Out to Belmont Family Dentistry Today
If you’re ready to learn more about Invisalign for the treatment of underbite or for other tooth correction needs, at Belmont Family Dentistry, we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can help you achieve the healthy smile of your dreams!