Can Invisalign Fix An Underbite?
Dentists are able to fix a wide variety of issues beyond just replacing broken or missing teeth. Bite issues, such as an underbite where your lower teeth do not extend out far enough to match the rest of your mouth, are treatable in many instances. In fact, you can often get your bite alignment fixed and straighten out your teeth with some dental treatments.
For example, Invisalign® invisible braces, which are an effective braces alternative to traditional metal braces, can fix underbite issues. We here at Cranston Cosmetic Dentistry will do our best to explain how Invisalign clear aligners can help you with your underbite:
What causes an underbite?
There are multiple factors and causes that can lead to an underbite developing in children. A few of the major causes include:
- Genetic factors. For many people, underbites are inherited from family members and will need to be fixed with each new generation.
- Overcrowding. If teeth grow prematurely or in the wrong way, it can lead to overcrowding in the lower jaw that can lead to underbite issues.
- Thumb sucking/sucking too long. If a child sucks their thumb, constantly sucks on a pacifier or bottle, or pushes their tongue against their teeth as if they are sucking, they are more likely to develop underbite issues.
- Severe gum disease/tumors. It is rare for adults to develop underbite issues later on in life, but periodontal diseases that affect the gums, especially tumors, can cause an underbite to develop even in perfectly aligned jaws.
When can Invisalign invisible braces fix underbites?
If an underbite is caught early on in life, and there is only mild misalignment, Invisalign invisible braces is a great way to correct underbite issues. By wearing a proper aligner and following instructions from your orthodontist, your child will straighten out their teeth and smile at the same time.
For severe cases where the jaw is misaligned, and for some older patients, a combination of Invisalign clear aligners and surgery is recommended. The surgery will perform the initial realignment, while Invisalign braces will help your bite settle into its proper place while helping with the recovery following surgery.
How do Invisalign invisible braces fix underbites?
Invisalign invisible braces correct bite issues just like traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners gently push your teeth and mouth into its proper position while worn, improving your smile without having to resort to surgery in most instances. For the best smile, new aligners are made every few weeks, so it is important to visit your orthodontist for each scheduled appointment.
It is also important to wear your aligner as much as possible and to follow all other instructions from your orthodontist or pediatric dentist. Your Invisalign invisible aligners can’t do anything if it’s not in your mouth, so only take it out when you’re eating, brushing your teeth, playing sports, or engaging in other activities where you need to take it out.
Correct your underbite at Cranston Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental offices have to be certified to provide Invisalign invisible aligner treatment to patients. Do you live in or near Cranston, Rhode Island? Then consider visiting us at Cranston Cosmetic Dentistry. Our experienced dentists are not only happy to provide Invisalign clear aligner treatment, but can also help improve your smile with a range of other cosmetic and restorative dental services.
For quick, affordable, and effective dental treatment, contact us today and schedule an appointment at Cranston Cosmetic Dentistry, the elite dentists of Rhode Island.