When many people think of orthodontia, they imagine fixing crooked teeth. In some cases, however, problems can exist even when the smile is already picture perfect — for example, the overbite.
Here at Denver Dental Implants in Denver, Colorado, Drs. Carl F. Lipe and Juliann Lyons offer expert care to patients of all ages. In addition to regular family dentistry and orthodontic services, we provide a one-stop shop of cutting-edge procedures like bone grafting, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry all in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
Also known as a deep bite or malocclusion, an overbite occurs when the upper front teeth significantly overlap the bottom front teeth. Patients often have a recessed jaw as well. Genetics can play a role, as can bad habits like thumb sucking.
An overbite can cause issues with mouth health like tooth decay, gum disease, and abnormal wear of the tooth enamel. It can also lead to jaw clenching and tooth grinding with accompanying headaches and TMJ pain. Even the ability to speak clearly may suffer. Overbites can worsen over time, and teeth can get damaged by clenching and grinding, so getting treatment in a timely manner is key.
Benefits of Invisalign®
While traditional braces can treat overbites, Invisalign offers a number of advantages. Nearly invisible and virtually pain-free, this revolutionary option offers more flexibility, as it can be removed when eating, brushing your teeth, and for special occasions. The SmartTrack® material is soft, comfortable, and nearly invisible. It's also easy to clean. Perhaps the most significant benefit, however, is speed — it works almost 50% faster than braces.
Once an overbite has been identified, Dr. Lyons makes 3D digital scans of your teeth and creates a customized treatment plan. Using the scans, the Invisalign lab produces sets of personalized aligner trays. Each tray is a little bit different and designed to be used in succession as your teeth gradually move toward their proper location.
Each aligner has a dot that turns blue indicating that it is time to move on to the next tray set. Typically this occurs every week or two. For most people, treatment is completed within one to two years, but many experience improvements after just a few weeks.
If you know you have an overbite or are experiencing dental or jaw issues, call or click today to book at appointment with the doctors at Denver Dental Implants and find out if Invisalign is right for you.