Correct an Open Bite Discreetly with Invisalign®
By Kellyn Hodges on February 07, 2017
There are many disadvantages of crooked and misaligned teeth. A misaligned bite often leaves people feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their smile. Unfortunately, the aesthetic implications of orthodontic problems are only the beginning. Orthodontic issues such as an open bite compromise oral functions, and crooked teeth are more difficult to clean properly, increasing the risk of other oral health problems.
Fortunately, there are many orthodontic treatments to correct misaligned teeth. Invisalign® is a discreet, convenient, and comfortable orthodontic treatment, which can provide teeth straightening results in a similar timeframe as traditional braces. Invisalign® can address many of the same issues as braces, including an open bite. Orthodontist Kellyn Hodges discusses of the benefits of Invisalign® for an open bite and helps her Philadelphia, PA patients determine if this is the right treatment option for them.
What Is an Open Bite?
An open bite is a condition in which the front teeth on the upper and lower arches jut forward. As a result, the teeth do not meet and make physical contact with each other when the jaw is closed.
How Effective Is Invisalign® for an Open Bite?
Invisalign®, also known as invisible braces, uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to subtly and gradually apply pressure to the teeth. Over time, patients progress through different aligners that will eventually improve the position of the teeth and bite. All of this correction is done without the use of metal brackets or wires.
Patients must wear their Invisalign® aligners as directed (for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours each day) to achieve their teeth straightening results. When it comes to correcting an open bite, evidence shows that Invisalign® is just as effective as braces. Invisalign® aligners will gradually realign the teeth to close a patient’s bite, and improve their ability to bite, eat, and speak.
Benefits of Invisalign®
There are several orthodontic treatments available to patients with an open bite. However, Invisalign® has quickly become one of the most popular teeth straightening treatments, because of the many benefits that it offers patients. Some of the greatest advantages of Invisalign® include the following:
- Invisalign® aligners are clear and are hardly detectable to the naked eye when they are being worn
- Invisalign® aligners fit comfortably and do not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth as braces sometimes do
- Invisalign® aligners are removable, which makes it easier to care for the teeth
- Because Invisalign® aligners can be removed while a patient eats, there are no food restrictions to worry about
For those patients who are candidates for Invisalign® treatment, it is clear to see why this is the preferred orthodontic treatment of choice for so many.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, Dr. Kellyn Hodges offers many orthodontic treatments that can help you improve the appearance of your smile while enhancing your oral health. To learn more about these treatment options and find out which is best suited to your specific needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hodges at your earliest convenience.