How Aligners Can Fix Your Overbite
April / 28 / 2019
One of the most common reasons people seek orthodontic treatment is an overbite. You may be one of them, and you may be wondering “Can invisible aligners fix an overbite?” The answer is yes!
What is an overbite?
An overbite is when the upper teeth are in a position where they overlap and hide the lower teeth when you bite down.
The most common reason for an overbite is that the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw. This means the lower teeth rest behind the upper teeth, and as the lower teeth gradually wear the upper teeth move downward.
If you have an overbite, you may show more gum on your upper teeth. The upper front teeth may sit lower than their neighbours (upper side teeth or canines.)
Why fix an overbite?
There are cosmetic reasons to fix an overbite. Having an overbite means that your lower teeth are hidden and your upper teeth may be prominent when you smile. People who are self-conscious about their overbites may avoid having their picture taken or even avoid smiling.
There are also serious non-cosmetic reasons to fix an overbite. An overbite means that your teeth constantly rub against and touch each other as you open and close your mouth. This increases the chances of tooth wear, making your teeth longer and thinner in the long run.
How do aligners work to fix an overbite?
Fixing an overbite has two parts: 1) moving the upper teeth back upwards, and 2) moving the lower teeth back downwards. And yes, this can be done with clear aligners.
The first step is to get a 3D scan, either at a Pure ScanShop locations in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto or Vancouver or by ordering an at-home impression kit. This will be assessed by our orthodontic professionals, who will create a treatment plan to set things straight.
Next, you’ll receive your entire set of aligners. You’ll have to wear your aligners at all times, except when eating or drinking. But don’t worry, without the wires and brackets of traditional braces, clear aligners are much more comfortable and are practically invisible!
The aligners work by intercepting the upper teeth, moving them and the gum upwards so that the proportions of a tooth to gum remain the same. The teeth are not moved up into the gum. The teeth and gums are gradually remodelled together as the teeth move upwards.
Your set of aligners is planned so that they gradually move the teeth up out of the overbite position and into the desired positions for a straight, even smile.
The end result is straighter, happier teeth! To maintain your new smile, we recommend continuing to wear a nighttime retainer.
To find out how aligners from Pure Smiles Online can help you, visit a Pure ScanShop for a 3D scan or order you’re at home impression kit now.