Crossbites and overbites are malocclusions that can have quite an effect on one’s personal appearance. These dental issues have long been a source of insecurity for teenagers and even adults. Traditionally, crossbites and overbites are effectively corrected by braces however, patients in their teens and adulthood find it unappealing to wear them because they feel that it brings even more attention to the problem they are trying to fix. Enter Invisalign. A dental technology designed to correct malocclusion such as crossbites and overbites without the look of braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is preferred by patients who want the benefits of wearing braces but want it in a not-so-obvious approach. This orthodontic system uses clear and patented plastic aligners that are designed to put less force on the teeth. This means it is less painful than braces.
This approach is for those who have mild or moderate issues. Those are assessed by Invisalign makers in California. The team creates a treatment protocol to straighten the teeth using clear plastic overlay aligners. These should be changed every two weeks and worn at all times except when cleaning or during meals. Patients can watch a video called “clincheck” that shows the treatment progress.
It is common for people to have an overbite which is also called a deep bite. This is when the upper front teeth overlap with the lower. Percentages are used to describe it and, according to doctors, a 5% – 25%overbite is still considered ideal. Anything that goes beyond this can cause slight pain in the jaw or in some cases, Temporomandibular Joint syndrome(TMJ).
Crossbites cause the teeth to chip and wear. Some patients saw notches on their gums and observed it receded. In worst cases, this even leads to bone loss in the jaw. This happens because some of the upper front teeth sit inside the lower teeth which are supposed to be on the outside.
Ask your dentist
Having problems with the alignment of the teeth is called malocclusion. Though some ignore this issue, it can cause difficulty in breathing, eating and, talking when the condition worsens. Apart from the discomfort, complications caused could be harder and more expensive to treat.
Depending on the case, the treatment can last from 20 weeks up to two years. Once it is completed, the dentist might recommend you to wear a retainer for a few months to ensure the realignment lasts a long time. Those with severe orthodontic issues who can’t use Invisalign still have discreet options like tooth-colored braces or lingual braces placed at the back of the teeth. The most important thing is you get the treatment appropriate for your condition. Maybe after a few years of using braces, you can ask your dentist if you can switch to using Invisalign.
Pymble Dental Practice
Invisalign is one of the services offered by Pymble Dental Practice, see the Invisalign Treatments page for more information. The business has been around for 60 years and is run by a family of dentists. They are known for making patients of all ages comfortable. Other services offered are general check-ups, children’s and cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants. Give us a call on (02) 9488 7676 or drop by the clinic at Livingstone Avenue.