Do you have an overbite? If so, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, many people are affected by this dental issue. Luckily, there is a solution: Invisalign! McGrory Orthodontics is here to tell you about what overbites are and how Invisalign can help fix them. We will also give you insight into how Dr. McGrory and Dr. McCarty can help you start your orthodontics journey toward an aligned smile.
What is an overbite?
An overbite is a dental condition in which the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. Overbites can cause various problems, including pain when chewing, difficulty biting or chewing food, and even jaw pain. In severe cases, an overbite can lead to TMJ disorder.
While an overbite can result from genetics, it can also result from habits like thumb-sucking or prolonged pacifier use. In addition, in some cases, teeth too large for the mouth can cause an overbite.
How can Invisalign fix an overbite?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear, plastic aligners to straighten teeth gradually. Patients can use Invisalign to treat various dental issues, including overbite.
To fix an overbite with Invisalign, Dr. McGrory or Dr. McCarty will custom design your aligners to fit your mouth. Your aligners will then apply gentle pressure to the teeth that need to be moved. Over time, this pressure will cause the teeth to shift into their correct positions.
What does Invisalign treatment look like?
At McGrory Orthodontics, Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation. Then, Dr. McGory will assess your needs and determine if aligners are right for you—she will even show you photos and videos of similar cases to help you understand the process. If we decide that the treatment could benefit your oral health, we’ll use a 3D scanner and start designing your customized aligner trays.
From there, the process usually takes 9-18 months, though the exact timeline will depend on the severity of your overbite. You will need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day during treatment. From there, you come in for regular checkups so that Dr. McGrory or Dr. McCarty can monitor your progress and ensure your treatment is on track.
Once we correct your overbite, you’ll wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions. In most cases, wearing a retainer is typically only required at night.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign has several advantages:
- Discreet: they are nearly invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re wearing them.
- Removable: You can take them out to eat and brush your teeth without any hassle
- Comfort: With new technology, they are a more comfortable option.
Why choose McGrory Orthodontics for your Invisalign?
Dr. McGrory and Dr. McCarty are board-certified orthodontists with extensive experience treating patients of all ages with Invisalign. Your orthodontist will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals. Dr. McGrory is also a faculty member at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston, so you know she’s a pro!
If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign and how it can help you achieve a straighter smile, contact McGrory Orthodontics today to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your orthodontic goals!