Most people are familiar with the words “overbite” and “underbite.” But what do they actually mean? These terms refer to problems with how the teeth come together (also called bite alignment or occlusion), and while they’re both fairly common, there are other types of alignment issues to be aware of. In this blog, you’ll find out why a proper bite is so important for your oral health and overall well-being, and how Invisalign clear braces can help. Learn more below!
Why Is Your Bite So Important?
The way your teeth come together can be impacted by multiple factors, including abnormal jaw development (which may be due to genetics), crowded or crooked teeth, ill-fitting crowns or fillings and more.
Once your bite is “off,” it can cause multiple problems down the road if it’s not corrected, including:
- Jaw pain and problems
- Uneven tooth wear
- Tooth sensitivity
- Sore muscles in the face or jaw
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Gum recession
- An altered facial appearance and less self-confidence
Fortunately, treatment with Invisalign can help prevent all of these issues.
What Kind of Bite Alignment Issues Can Invisalign Correct?
All types of orthodontic treatment work on the same fundamental principle: Applying sustained pressure to the teeth to move them into their ideal positions over time. Invisalign clear braces works on many of the same alignment issues as traditional brace such as:
- Overbites – This occurs when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth.
- Underbites – You have an underbite if your lower front teeth are in front of your upper teeth when you close together.
- Crossbites – A crossbite occurs when you close your mouth and some of your upper teeth are “inside” or behind some of your lower teeth.
- Open bites – An open bite is when your upper and lower teeth don’t touch when you close your mouth.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that while Invisalign is often a great option, more severe issues may respond better to traditional braces. If you’d like to know if Invisalign will work for you, the first step is a consultation with an Invisalign-certified dentist. Their ultimate goal is to make sure you get the best final results possible.
With that said, you’ll be glad to know that Invisalign works beautifully for many people to help their teeth come together properly and give them a smile that looks great.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher J. Holland has 30 years of experience as an award-winning family dentist and loves helping people achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. He’s used Invisalign to correct the bite alignment of countless patients and has seen firsthand how it improves their well-being. If you’d like to know more about Invisalign clear braces or have any questions, you can reach him via his website.