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Orthodontic treatment has come a long way, and one of the most significant advancements has been the development of clear aligners. However, can clear aligners fix an overbite?
In this article, we will explore the answer to that question and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment.
What is an Overbite?
An overbite occurs when the lower teeth are excessively overlapped by the upper teeth. Severe overbites can cause a range of problems, including speech issues, difficulty in chewing, and jaw pain.
Clear aligners can fix overbites, but it is important to note that not all overbites are the same, and some may be more complex to treat than others.
How do Clear Aligners Work?
Clear aligners work by using a series of custom-made trays that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. Each tray is slightly different, allowing for incremental adjustments. You will wear each tray for approximately ten days before moving on to the next tray in the series.
The length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your overbite and other factors, such as the number of trays required.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable. They require fewer office visits than traditional braces. They are also made from a smooth, flexible material that is less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks than traditional braces. Additionally, clear aligners typically require fewer office visits than traditional braces, making them a convenient option for busy individuals.
Disadvantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are not suitable for everyone. Severe overbites may require more aggressive treatment, such as traditional braces or surgery. They may also take longer to achieve the desired results than traditional braces. Additionally, clear aligners may be more expensive than traditional braces, depending on the length of treatment required. Finally, clear aligners require a high level of compliance. To achieve the desired results, you must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day.