Dear Dr. Kamel,
My top teeth have a very bad overbite as well as a front gap. Can Invisalign fix this? If Invisalign can fix my overbite problems, how long does it usually take? What about closing the gap between my front two teeth? I’m tired of feeling embarrassed about the way my teeth look and I just want to go ahead and fix them, but I don’t want regular braces if I can help it.
Thanks in Advance,
I’ve cared for hundreds of patients who were embarrassed by their smiles. In the past, most overbites problems or gaps were fixed with traditional braces because the treatment was done at a younger age. But now, we have more aesthetic alternatives to correct the same problem.
Overbite Correction and Invisalign
Overbites problems come in many different forms. It could be that your lower jaw is shorter than the upper jaw, causing the upper front teeth to overlap the lower ones – or bite down further forward.Or, an oral habit such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting could cause your upper front teeth to “jet” or splay out – which is what we call an overjet.
Regardless as to which type of overbite you have, Invisalign can help with your overbite correction. That being said first, we’ll need to take an x-ray of your jaws and teeth to analyze the anatomical structures that we’re dealing with.
This panoramic image will give us the information we need to determine if Invisalign is adequate, or if some sort of advanced therapeutic/surgical procedure is necessary. Fortunately, you can have your answer within just a couple of minutes during a quick consultation at my office.
Closing a Gap in Your Front Teeth with Invisalign
Diastemas is the term we use for describing a gap between your two front teeth. Most of the time, these gaps are caused by genetics or muscle tension. That’s right – you may have an overactive muscle between your two front teeth, pushing them apart.
Fortunately, closing a gap in your front teeth is fairly straightforward to correct. First, we use Invisalign to bring your teeth together, closing your gap.
Sometime during the course of treatment or near the end of it, we will gentle release the muscle that is present between the teeth that is being corrected. It takes just a few minutes, yet provides lasting results.
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, I will want to have you wear a retainer on a regular basis to prevent the teeth from relapsing back into the gapped position.
This is because the muscles around your teeth have a memory that they always try to revert back to. If your gap is severe, I might recommend bonding a small, permanent retainer behind them to prevent relapse.
How Long Does It Take Invisalign to Fix an Overbite or Gap?
To give you a really close estimate of how long you will need to wear Invisalign to fix an overbite or gap, I will need to take a quick look at your teeth.
The quickest I’ve ever seen a gap closed properly is usually between 6 to 9 months. Overbites take a bit more time. The majority of my patients usually finish wearing their clear braces by around 18 months or so.
Dakota, Invisalign can be a great way for you to confidently correct your overbite problems and gapped teeth. They’re essentially invisible, so most people won’t even realize you’re having treatment done.
Plus, you can take them out at any time for easy of maintenance and freedom to eat a variety of foods. We’ll need to take a quick x-ray to evaluate your upper and lower jaw anatomy before deciding whether or not Invisalign is right for your particular type of overbite.
I can give you an answer within just a minute or two of assessing your bite. In most overbite cases, Invisalign works just fine! The key will be to properly retain the spacing after you finish your orthodontic treatment, to prevent relapse caused by muscle memory. I realize that you probably still have some questions about whether or not Invisalign is right for you.
Please feel free to call my office and schedule a quick consultation. We won’t pressure you into anything – I’ll just assess your bite and let you know whether or not Invisalign is appropriate for your needs. If it is, I can also give you an estimate as to how long the treatment will take.