Can Invisalign Fix Overbite and Other Bite Problems?
Asad A | November 3, 2023
Bite problems can have a significant impact on your appearance as well as your oral and overall health and well-being. The good news is that Shahbazyan Dental Studio offers orthodontic treatment options.
One of the most popular options is Invisalign, which is an alternative to traditional orthodontic methods. In this article, we will explore Invisalign treatment as well as its effectiveness for bite issues including overbite.
Explaining Overbite & Other Bite Problems
An overbite, also referred to as a deep bite, is a condition in which the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth. Some other common bite issues include open bite, crossbite, and underbite. These are often due to genetics but may be the result of oral habits such as excessive pacifier use, thumb-sucking, and more.
How do Bite Problems Impact Appearance?
Bite problems can have a significant impact on appearance. For example, an overbite can make upper teeth appear more prominent and impact the symmetry of your smile.
How do Bite Problems Impact Oral Health & Function?
Bite problems can also have a significant impact on oral health and function. When teeth are not properly aligned, patients experience difficulty chewing, speaking, jaw pain, and more. Over time these issues can lead to more serious issues such as tooth decay and TMD.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment for resolving mild to moderate bite issues. This treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that are worn 20 to 22 hours a day. They are designed to be removed while eating or brushing and flossing teeth.
What Types of Bite Problems Can Invisalign Correct?
Research has proven Invisalign to be a versatile treatment. Unfortunately, there are some limitations. While it does address a variety of bite issues, it may not be ideal for complex cases. A severe misalignment or jaw position issue may require traditional braces and/or jaw surgery.
Invisalign Treatment: What to Expect
There are several steps in the process of Invisalign treatment, including:
Consultation: The dentist will examine your bite to determine the severity of your bite problem. This will determine if you qualify for Invisalign treatment. If you do, the process will move forward. If not, other options will be offered. Based on the findings of the consultation, a treatment plan will be established. Typically, treatment plans last an average of 12 to 18 months.
Fabrication of aligners: Part of the consultation will include bite impressions. These will be sent to the dental lab for the fabrication of your aligners.
Aligner fitting: When the aligners are completed, they are sent back to the dentist, who will help you with the first one to ensure proper fit. You will be sent home with the aligners and instructions on how to wear them.
Wearing aligners: Over the next few months, you will be wearing your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. They should only be removed for eating and brushing your teeth- which is also a great time to clean them as well.
Retainer: Once your treatment is complete, if results are as expected, you will be fitted with a retainer to keep your teeth in their new position. This will be worn just like the aligners at first, but eventually, you will transition to only wearing it at night.
What Are the Benefits of Using Invisalign For Bite Problems?
Research has proven that Invisalign offers many advantages over other orthodontic treatment options, including:
Discreet: Aligners are clear, which means they are almost invisible. This makes them the ideal option for those who wish to resolve their bite issues without drawing attention to their teeth.
Removable: Aligners are designed to be removed while eating and taking care of oral hygiene, which improves oral health during treatment
Comfort: Aligners are fabricated using smooth plastic, which eliminates the irritation and discomfort that are common with traditional braces
Improved oral hygiene: Since aligners are removable, oral hygiene is much easier, which reduces the risk of tooth decay and/or gum disease
How Much Does Invisalign Cost & Does Insurance Cover It?
The cost of Invisalign typically ranges between $3,000 to $7,000. However, this depends on several factors including the complexity of your bite issue, the location of the dental clinic, the experience and expertise of the dentist, and other factors. A very mild bite issue may only require a few aligners and a shorter timeline, which equals a lower cost. A more severe bite issue, on the other hand, may require more aligners and a longer timeline, which equals a higher cost.
Dental insurance coverage for Invisalign varies. Many providers will cover a portion of the costs, while others will not because they classify it as a cosmetic treatment. Our office staff will work with you to determine your coverage. We will provide you with a quote outlining your portion. If you need help covering your portion, we’ll be glad to explain our financing options.
Let Dr. Zaruhi Shahbazyan Resolve Your Overbite Today
If you have questions about Invisalign treatment for overbite- or other bite issues- Dr. Zaruhi Shahbazyan and her team will be happy to discuss them with you. Below are a few of the most common questions that we get.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The average timeline for Invisalign treatment is about 12 to 18 months. However, a very mild bite issue can often be resolved in about 6 months, while a more severe one may require up to 24 months.
Will Invisalign resolve a deep bite?
Yes, Invisalign can potentially resolve a deep bite. However, this depends on the severity of the issue. Your orthodontist can evaluate your bite and determine if Invisalign is appropriate for your condition.
Is Invisalign worth the cost?
Most patients agree that the benefits of Invisalign treatment including its comfort, convenience, discreet appearance, and more, make it well worth the cost. They see it as an investment in their appearance and oral health.
How much does it cost to correct an overbite with Invisalign?
On average, Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,000 to $7,000. However, your cost may be more or less based on the complexity of your overbite, the location of the dental clinic, the experience/expertise of your orthodontist, and insurance coverage.