Did you know that a little bit of an overbite is natural? When humans settled thousands of years ago and began to eat softer foods, the structure of the human jaw actually changed to accommodate this change in diet!
Having said that, there’s such a thing as too much of an overbite. When left untreated, overbite teeth can lead to all sorts of problems.
The good news? There are plenty of orthodontic procedures that can correct your overbite. And if you’re thinking, “I don’t want braces,” we’ve got even more good news!
Invisalign is your brace-free solution to correcting your overbite! Read on to learn more about why it’s important that you take care of your overbite teeth and how Invisalign can make it happen.
Why Correct Your Overbite Teeth?
Whether your teeth grew in at an angle or you practiced teeth-shifting habits like thumb sucking, it’s not too late to correct your overbite.
Your teeth, body, and mind will thank you when you do! And you don’t have to take our word for it, because we’re going to talk about 5 reasons that you should correct your overbite that might surprise you.
1. Prevent Tooth and Gum Damage
When you have an overbite, some or most of your teeth are not properly aligned. On top of that, the teeth in the front of your mouth may be rubbing against one another in ways that teeth can’t withstand.
As your teeth go through unnecessary wear and tear as a result of your overbite, you lose enamel. Enamel acts as armor, protecting your teeth from bacteria. Without it, your teeth will be more susceptible to cavities and gum disease around the base of your teeth.
2. Prevent TMJ and Jaw Pain
A TMJ disorder develops when the joint that connects your jaw to your skull becomes damaged or irritated. TMJ disorders cause jaw soreness, headaches, and ringing in the ears. TMJ disorders also make it difficult to eat, yawn, and even speak.
If your jaw is misaligned from your overbite, you are constantly putting pressure on that joint that could lead to TMJ disorder or jaw pain.
3. Correct Your Facial Structure
Believe it or not, your overbite teeth may be changing the shape of your face. This is particularly the case if your overbite is caused by a forward-thrusting upper jawbone.
When your lower jawbone sits further back than your upper jawbone, your chin and cheekbones look less pronounced. A bit of jaw correction can give you a sharper jawline, making you look both thinner and younger!
4. Correct Speech Impediments
Overbite teeth can cause certain speech impediments like lisps that you’re tired of living with. This is because your tongue isn’t hitting your teeth or the roof of your mouth the way it’s supposed to, making some letters and sounds difficult to pronounce.
Combined with speech therapy (or practice at home), correcting your overbite can help you to correct your speech impediment!
5. Learn to Love Your Smile Again
Studies have found that over one-third of Americans are dissatisfied with their smile. As a result, many people hide their smiles behind their hands or smile with their lips shut.
The problem? Smiling can actually make you feel happier and more confident. Plus, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A bright and beaming smile shows that you are comfortable and approachable and helps to draw people in!
Don’t hide your smile because you’re uncomfortable with your overbite teeth. Get your overbite corrected and learn to love your smile again!
Why Use Invisalign to Fix Your Overbite?
Invisalign is a great option for kids and adults who want to alter their teeth without getting braces. Correction with Invisalign usually takes about 9 months to a year and requires fewer trips to the orthodontist than braces. Plus, there’s no bulky or distracting metal in your mouth!
Invisalign is a series of clear, retainer-style aligners that are customized to your teeth. You wear your aligner for 22 hours a day, taking them out to eat and, of course, to brush and floss. As you move through the different aligners, your teeth become straighter and your bite shifts to a more comfortable position.
Now, Invisalign offers Precision Cuts, incorporating the use of elastic bands into your aligner regimen. The elastic bands hook to the top and bottom aligners, moving the top teeth back while moving the bottom teeth forward. This slowly adjusts the way your jaw and teeth naturally sit.
As your teeth straighten and your bite and jaw shift to their proper positions, your overbite becomes less severe. By the end of your Invisalign program, your overbite teeth with look and feel less pronounced, all without the hassle of braces!
The tradeoff? Only that you need to follow the orthodontist’s orders to optimize your Invisalign results!
Feel Better With Invisalign
Whether you’re already feeling the effects of the overbite side effects we’ve listed above or you just don’t want to reach that point, consider Invisalign.
If you think that your overbite teeth need correction, talk to your regular dentist for their input. If they agree, ask them to fill out our referral form so we can get you started with your Invisalign program as soon as possible!
If you have questions about our services or wish to contact us, visit “Our Services” on our website! Read through your options or scroll to the bottom for our contact information and new patient appointment request form. We can’t wait to get you the path to a healthier, happier smile!