We Can Correct Your Bite With Clear Braces
If you’ve heard of Invisalign, chances are you’re already aware that it can shift crooked teeth into a more ideal position. What many people don’t know, however, is that these clear braces can also correct problems with your bite. When your top and bottom teeth don’t come together the way they should, it can result in a slew of oral health problems, like issues with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or accelerated wear and tear of your tooth enamel. These days, you usually don’t need to wear metal brackets and wires to correct bite alignment issues. At Parkfield Family Dental, we can give you a more aligned bite with Invisalign clear braces.
Why Do I Need to Correct My Bite?
Having a poorly aligned bite can result in problems with your social life, such as anxiety and speech difficulties. The issues don’t end there, though. An abnormal bite can place undue strain on your TMJ, which are the joints just below your ears that connect your jaw to the rest of your skull. This can lead to a disorder that results in a great deal of facial pain.
You might also suffer from uneven pressure being placed on your teeth, which can severely damage your enamel. You’re at an increased risk for bruxism, a condition in which you unconsciously grind your teeth and clench your jaw. Bruxism can result in chipped, cracked, or worn-down teeth.
Lastly, bite alignment issues increase the likelihood that your teeth will be injured in an accident, particularly if you have a significant overbite or underbite.
How Can Invisalign Help?
Invisalign does not use metal brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. instead, Dr. Tijerina will take impressions of your mouth and use them to create a series of customized clear plastic aligner trays. Each set is designed to shift a small portion of your smile until the whole thing is perfectly aligned. Not only does Invisalign correct misaligned teeth, but it can also address the following bite alignment problems:
- Overbite: When the upper teeth extend too far past the lower ones, it can often result in accidentally biting the roof of the mouth.
- Underbite: An underbite is when the bottom teeth protrude outwards past the top teeth.
- Dental Midlines: When the back of your bite does not come together properly, it can negatively impact jaw function, contributing to TMJ disorder.
- Open Bite: An open bite occurs when the top teeth do not overlap with the bottom teeth. This condition is often caused by thumb sucking as a child.
- Crossbite: When the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, it’s known as a crossbite, which is one of the leading causes of accelerated enamel erosion.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
Invisalign is often an ideal solution for patients who want to address their dental alignment issues without making it obvious that they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. At your consultation, Dr. Tijerina will perform a comprehensive exam to ensure you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. You must be committed to wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day throughout treatment, which can be completed in as little as 12 months.
If you’re ready to even out your bite and achieve the straight, beautiful smile you deserve, give us a call today!