The look of teeth is important, but you may not be focusing enough on the alignment of your bite. Considering misaligned bites can lead to discomfort, difficulty eating and speaking, and a decrease in your smile’s overall appeal, repairing issues with orthodontic treatment is smart. Fortunately, you do not need to focus solely on traditional metal braces since Invisalign is an effective option for repairing common bite issues.
An overbite is one of the most common malocclusions, or issues with your bite. Overbites occur when the upper teeth bite over the bottom row of teeth. While overbites are mostly caused by habits such as sucking the thumb or extended bottle use, they are also genetic. Thankfully, the system of clear aligners will gradually move the upper teeth into their correct position.
While obvious to hear, underbites occur in the opposite manner as an overbite. If you are suffering with an underbite, your lower teeth will protrude out further than your upper teeth. Underbites may stem from genetics or habits, but they may also stem from the loss of one or more upper teeth.
Undergoing cosmetic dentistry treatments to replace missing upper teeth is smart before utilizing the Invisalign system to correct your underbite.
Crossbites occur when both the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, which causes one or more upper teeth to bite down on the inside of the lower teeth. Over time, crossbites can cause dental erosion, gum disease, and bone loss, so visiting an orthodontist to repair this malocclusion is imperative.
Orthodontic treatment will also repair open bites. This type of bite misalignment creates an open space in the smile even though the back upper and lower molars line up perfectly.
Most open bites stem from genetic or developmental abnormalities, but they can be repaired with proper care.
Misaligned bites may seem to cause only cosmetic concerns, but they can lead to discomfort and severe dental problems. To learn how Invisalign can improve your malocclusion, contact us at Artistic Smiles today!