Overbites can affect both the appearance and functionality of your smile but the good news is that with modern orthodontic treatments like Invisalign clear aligners, you can correct an overbite discreetly and comfortably. In this blog post, we will explore how Invisalign can help correct an overbite at Hawthorn Orthodontics, providing you with a beautiful straight smile.

Understanding Overbites and Invisalign

An overbite is often thought to be a condition where the upper front teeth protrude excessively forwards, in the horizontal dimension, of the lower front teeth. But in fact, the correct term for this condition is not well known and is actually called an overjet. This name is derived from the fact that the upper teeth ‘jet’ forward of the lower teeth. Teeth protruding forward of the lower teeth can be caused by various factors, such as genetics, thumb-sucking habits, tongue thrusting, or prolonged use of a pacifier. Overjets can not only affect the aesthetics of your smile but also impact your oral health. They can cause issues like difficulty in biting and chewing, speech problems, and even jaw pain. An overjet can also increase the likelihood of the front teeth being knocked and broken. 

An overbite is a bite condition where the upper teeth bite deeply downwards, in the vertical dimension, covering much if not all, of the bottom teeth. Both an overbite and an overjet can be corrected with Invisalign clear aligners at Hawthorn Orthodontics.

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth and correct various dental issues, including overbites and overjets. Unlike traditional braces that use metal brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, BPA-free plastic that is virtually transparent when worn. They are custom-made to fit your teeth snugly, providing gentle and controlled forces to move your teeth into their ideal positions. 

How Invisalign Corrects Overbites

At Hawthorn Orthodontics, the process of correcting an overbite with Invisalign typically involves several steps:

1. Initial Invisalign Consultation: The first step is to schedule an Invisalign consultation with our experienced orthodontists at Hawthorn Orthodontics. During this appointment, the orthodontist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, including a thorough examination of your teeth, jaws, and bite. Our orthodontic team will also take X-rays, photographs, and a digital scan of your teeth to create a 3D digital Invisalign model of your mouth

2. Customised Invisalign Treatment Plan: Based on the evaluation results, our orthodontist will create a customised Invisalign treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They will use the digital model to simulate the movement of your teeth and jaws, showing you the expected results of the treatment even before you start wearing the aligners.

3. Invisalign Aligner Fabrication: Once your Invisalign treatment plan is finalised, our orthodontist will send the digital model of your mouth to the Invisalign laboratory, where a series of custom aligners will be fabricated using advanced computer-aided design and 3D printing manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. Each aligner will be slightly different, designed precisely to match our orthodontist’s Invisalign treatment plan they have custom created for you.

4. Invisalign Clear Aligner Wear: You will receive a set of Invisalign clear aligners from the orthodontist, and you will need to wear them as instructed, typically for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You will need to switch to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks, following the Invisalign treatment plan designed by your orthodontist.

5. Invisalign Progress Monitoring: During the treatment process, you will need to visit Hawthorn Orthodontics periodically for progress checks. In between these checks, our orthodontist will monitor your Invisalign progress using the Invisalign virtual monitoring app.  

6. Invisalign Retainer Wear: Once your teeth have reached their desired positions and your Invisalign treatment is complete, our orthodontist will provide you with a retainer to wear. Retainers are used to maintain the results over the long term.

Hawthorn Orthodontists is well known for treating overbites, overjets and complex tooth movement cases with Invisalign. Book your Invisalign consultation today.