Correcting an Underbite or Overbite: Our Aston Dentists Discuss

Invisalign orthodontic treatmentUnderbites and overbites are two types of malocclusions, or bite problems, that require orthodontic treatment. An underbite is a condition in which the bottom jaw and teeth overlap the top teeth, while when an overbite is present, the top jaw and teeth overlap the bottom teeth. If we see a malocclusion when you come in for an appointment at Dental Health Care Associates, we will likely recommend correcting the problem with orthodontic treatment.

Why Correct an Underbite/Overbite?

There are several reasons why it’s a good idea to pursue orthodontic treatment for the correction of a malocclusion.

  • People who have severe underbites or overbites often feel self-conscious about their smiles. Correcting the bite will improve the appearance of the smile, which will in turn improve the patient’s self-esteem.
  • An underbite or overbite can interfere with the patient’s ability to chew effectively. In addition, a malocclusion often makes it more difficult for patients to clean their teeth properly.
  • When the jaws are not aligned correctly, uneven pressure can be placed on the patient’s teeth when chewing. Ultimately, this can lead to a painful TMJ disorder.

As you can see, correcting malocclusions not only improves the patient’s appearance, but it also prevents oral health problems. Patients who wish to correct an overbite or underbite typically have two choices for orthodontic treatment: Invisalign or traditional braces.

Correcting Malocclusions With Invisalign

Invisalign makes it easier than ever to correct bite problems. Patients who use the Invisalign system enjoy the benefits of getting straighter teeth and a better bite without the inconveniences of metal braces.

  • The Invisalign system is a modern, highly effective orthodontic treatment. Patients wear clear, plastic aligners over their teeth for approximately 22 hours per day. Every two weeks, they switch to a new set of aligners until the teeth are in their proper places.
  • By far, one of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are virtually invisible and therefore unnoticeable to others. Invisalign is a popular choice for working adults.
  • Another major benefit of using Invisalign is that unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, enabling patients to clean their teeth more easily and eat without worry of damaging braces.
  • Invisalign is often the more comfortable choice, as the aligners are made of smooth plastic rather than wires or brackets.

Correcting Malocclusions With Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces are a highly effective way to reposition the teeth and correct an overbite or underbite.

  • Traditional braces are typically more budget-friendly, which often makes them a good choice for families.
  • Today’s braces are much less noticeable than in decades past. Created using high-grade stainless steel, the wires used in modern braces are thinner, and the brackets are smaller.
  • Children who need orthodontic treatment should use metal braces, not Invisalign. The success of the Invisalign system depends heavily on patient compliance, and children often are not ready for the responsibility.

braces for adultsWhether you choose to use Invisalign or traditional braces to correct your overbite or underbite, you can feel confident that the dentists at Dental Health Care Associates will help you obtain a healthier, more attractive smile. If you’re ready for a better bite, contact our office in Aston, PA.

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