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Can Invisalign Fix An Overbite? A Board-Certified Orthodontist Weighs In

Can Invisalign Fix An Overbite? A Board-Certified Orthodontist Weighs In

Dr. Karen Conn of Bryn Mawr Orthodontics shares everything you need to know about correcting an overbite with Invisalign treatment

As an orthodontist, I am often asked, “Can Invisalign fix an overbite?” and for good reason.  Overbites are a common concern of dental patients, affecting both children and adults.  An overbite can impact not just your smile, but also your bite function and overall oral health. While traditional braces have long been the go-to treatment for overbites, Invisalign has emerged as a popular alternative.

Can Invisalign truly fix the issue? The answer is yes, Invisalign can be an effective treatment for correcting an overbite.

Invisalign’s clear aligners gently shift your teeth into their desired positions, gradually correcting the overbite over time. The treatment is often preferred by patients due to its:

  • Discreet nature: Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, making them a more aesthetically pleasing option.

  • Removable design: The aligners can be taken out for eating, brushing, and flossing, offering greater flexibility and convenience.

  • Increased comfort: Invisalign eliminates the discomfort associated with metal brackets and wires, making treatment more tolerable.

However, it's important to understand that Invisalign may not be suitable for every patient with overbite.

Here's what to consider:

  • Clinician experience: Not all Invisalign treatment is the same.  When choosing Invisalign in Bryn Mawr, it is important to select an Invisalign orthodontist with experience treating your type of case.  For severe overbite cases, a patient should seek out a Top 1% Invisalign orthodontist who has experience treating the most complex cases.

  • Severity of the overbite: For severe overbites, especially those involving underlying jaw issues, an interdisciplinary approach involving a team of dentists may be necessary.  Sometimes a combination of Invisalign with traditional braces is an ideal treatment option in these situations.

  • Patient compliance: Invisalign relies heavily on consistently wearing the aligners.  If a patient is not committed to wearing the aligners as instructed, the treatment may not be successful.

The best way to determine if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a qualified orthodontist.  An orthodontist will assess your individual case, including the severity of your overbite, your dental health, and your personal preferences.  An orthodontist can then discuss the various treatment options available, including Invisalign and traditional braces, and help you choose the one that best suits your needs.  The good news is that many orthodontists offer free consultations.

If you're considering Invisalign for your overbite (or for any other concern you have about your teeth or bite), please don't hesitate to reach out to an orthodontist for a consultation to help you get started on your journey to a straighter, healthier smile.

Karen Conn, DMD, MS is a Board-certified orthodontist and co-owner of Bryn Mawr Orthodontics (Bryn Mawr, PA), where she specializes in Invisalign and braces for children, teens and adults.  She has been recognized as a Philadelphia Magazine Top Dentist, Main Line Today Top Dentist, Suburban Family Top Orthodontist, and is among the nation’s top 1% of Invisalign providers.  Dr. Conn received her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  She completed her residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at Temple University, where she also earned a master's degree in Oral Biology.

Bryn Mawr Orthodontics is an award-winning practice that serves its neighbors in Bryn Mawr, Gladwyne, Villanova, Ardmore, Haverford, Wynnewood, Narberth, Radnor, Penn Valley, Bala Cynwyd, Merion, Wayne, and the entire Main Line.

To learn more about Bryn Mawr Orthodontics contact the office today (484-383-0055) or schedule a free consultation online.

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