Can Invisalign Fix an Open Bite?

An open bite is a type of misalignment where the upper and lower teeth don’t properly connect when the mouth closes, leaving a space between them. While in traditional dentistry open bites were treated with metal braces, today you have far more options available.

Some of these options can be quite discreet, such as Invisalign. If you’re dealing with an open bite, keep reading to find out how Invisalign in McFarland can help!

What Causes an Open Bite?

Open bites can be inherited if they are genetic, meaning you likely have more people in your family with the very same issue, such as a sibling or parent. But, they can also be the result of:

  • Thumb sucking as a child
  • Poor tongue posture
  • Tongue thrust

Apart from visible issues such as the small gap between the arches, open bites can also lead to several other dental health issues:

  • Tooth misaligned
  • Problems with closing the mouth properly
  • Speech distortions, such as lisps
  • Jaw and chin distortions
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing, etc.

Therefore, fixing an open bite isn’t always just a cosmetic issue. Doing so can help you improve your appearance, but also change the way you speak or even how well you can chew your food.

How Can Invisalign Fix an Open Bite?

Open bites are not always easy to correct, but based on a complete assessment, your orthodontist can determine the right course of action for your specific case.

Usually, they will take an impression of your teeth and use it to create a custom set of clear Invisalign aligners for you. By wearing the aligners, your teeth will be gradually pulled into their most optimal position, which can correct your open bite.

You should know that you will need to switch your aligners from time to time as your teeth move. When this happens, you essentially need to go into your orthodontist’s office to have the new set made for you.

What If Invisalign Doesn’t Work?

In some cases, Invisalign might not be the appropriate treatment path for you. Don’t worry, as you have other options available!

A common way to treat open bites is metal braces. Similar to Invisalign, the metal braces will pull your teeth into their most optimal position. Metal braces are commonly used when Invisalign trays cannot apply enough pressure to move the teeth. This usually happens in more severe cases of teeth misalignment.

Interested in Invisalign? We Can Help!

If you have an open bite and wonder whether Invisalign is the right treatment for you, Dr. Kevin is here to help you find out! During your consultation, he will thoroughly examine your case and design an effective treatment plan that will lead to the smile you want.

To get started, please book your first consultation at Lakeview Modern Dentistry online, or call us at (608) 716-8622 to find out more about our services.

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