Can Invisalign Fix an Underbite

Can Invisalign Fix An Underbite?

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Invisalign can correct many of the orthodontic conditions once exclusively treated by traditional braces. For example, Invisalign can correct mildly to moderately crooked teeth, crowded teeth, slanted teeth, and gapped teeth. Invisalign can also fix minor to moderate overbites or underbites. However, to fix a severe underbite, Invisalign may need to be accompanied by surgery. Read on for what to know about how and when Invisalign may be appropriate for fixing an underbite.

What Causes an Underbite?

An underbite occurs when the lower front teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth. Most of the time an underbite is an inherited trait and is more likely to occur with other dental problems such as irregularly shaped or angled teeth, or impacted teeth. 

However, there are several other known causes of an underbite including:

  • Excessive and extended thumb sucking or finger sucking (3 years+)
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Mouth breathing 
  • Jaw development abnormalities
  • Prolonged bottle feeding
  • Jaw/mouth injuries (trauma)
  • Tumors

Does an Underbite Need to Be Corrected?

An underbite can lead to a host of oral health problems if left untreated. Some of the side effects and potential complications of an underbite include:

  • Increased risk of damage to the enamel of the teeth
  • Increased risk of developing temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Jaw pain
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Increased risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea

Conversely, successful treatment of an underbite offers benefits such as:

  • Reduced risk of cracked teeth
  • Reduced risk of TMJ
  • Reduced risk of tooth decay (cavities)
  • Less strain on teeth
  • Less strain on the jaw
  • Reduced risk of gum disease
  • Easier breathing while sleeping

Invisalign Can Treat Underbites Caused By Tooth Misalignment

Patients with a mild underbite caused by an issue with the alignment of the teeth (dental underbite) are best suited for treatment with Invisalign. Those who have a severe underbite, or an underbite due to the structure of the jaw (skeletal underbite) may require surgery in addition to Invisalign to fix the underbite.

Invisalign works by gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment using a series of clear, BPA-free plastic alignment trays. Each set of trays is worn for a couple of weeks. Each series of trays is slightly more aligned than the current position of the teeth. As you wear the trays, pressure on the teeth shifts them slowly and safely. Patients seeking to align the teeth and correct the bite will likely need to use elastics  (rubber bands) as part of their Invisalign treatment. Elastics help to gradually reposition the jaw so that the top teeth are in front of the bottom teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign 

My dental insurance offers coverage for braces. Can I get Invisalign?

Many dental insurance plans are flexible on the type of orthodontic treatment you choose. But, you should confirm with your carrier, so that you are aware of your financial responsibility.

How long does Invisalign take?

Most people complete Invisalign in approximately one year. However, those with bite issues should expect treatment to take more than one year, and potentially up to two years. 

Curious if Invisalign is Right for You?  Book an Appointment at Lindenwold Dental

At Lindenwold Dental Center, our highly experienced dentists have successfully treated patients with a variety of bite and alignment problems using Invisalign. To learn if Invisalign is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Said at Lindenwold Dental Center. Call 856-783-3777 or send us a message.