Overbites are one of the most common orthodontic problems we see in our office. It occurs when the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth excessively. In the most severe cases, the lower teeth may touch the gums behind the upper teeth. While an overbite can make you feel insecure and embarrassed to smile, it can also lead to oral health problems such as cavities and gum disease.
You may have an overbite because there is not enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth or there is too much space in your jaw area. If your parents or grandparents had an overbite, you will likely have one as well as genetic plays a vital role in overbites. Since overbites do not go away on their own, it is your job to seek treatment if you have one.
One of the most popular and effective ways to treat overbites is Invisalign. Invisalign clear aligners can gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions and resolve your overbite. Since they are removable, you can take them out of your mouth every time you eat, drink, brush, or floss. As long as you wear them for at least 22 hours a day, you can achieve beautiful results.
Although Invisalign treatment time depends on the severity of your overbite and your particular mouth, you can expect to wear the aligners for about a year. In some cases, Invisalign will need to be paired with a tooth extraction so that room can be made for your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment at River Run Dental
If you would like to correct an overbite with Invisalign, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our Richmond, VA spa-like dental office. Call us at 804-262-1060 today. We look forward to hearing from you!