Bite Problems – Vienna, VA
Achieve a Balanced Bite with Clear Aligners
Poorly positioned teeth can cause you to feel insecure about the appearance of your smile. Unfortunately, aesthetics isn’t the only concern. It’s not uncommon for misaligned teeth to affect the bite. As a result, it can make it difficult to bite, chew, and even speak. You’ll even have an added risk of preventable oral health issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. Thankfully, you don’t need to live with the challenges. We can fix your bite alignment without brackets and wires. Invisalign is the ideal alternative to metal braces to achieve the beautiful smile you deserve.
Why Do I Need to Fix My Bite?
A misaligned bite can lead to a wide range of complications, like social anxieties and speech difficulties. Depending on the extent of the misalignment, you can have an increased risk of enamel erosion, breaks, and loose teeth. The uneven distribution between the upper and lower teeth will place strain on your temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull on either side of your face. If the issue isn’t resolved, you can develop reoccurring facial pain, limited jaw movements, and headaches.
How Can Invisalign Help Me?
Traditionally, a system of brackets and wires is used to gently pull the teeth into their proper positions. Although it’s effective for even the most complex issues, you have another option. Invisalign is a nearly invisible treatment that doesn’t use brackets or wires. Instead, clear aligners are worn over your teeth, applying consistent pressure to fix a bite problem, such as:
- Overbite: When the upper teeth extend too far over the lower arch, the teeth can bite into the roof of the mouth, referred to as an overbite.
- Underbite: An underbite occurs when the lower teeth are positioned over the upper teeth.
- Dental Midlines: If the back teeth don’t have balance, it can affect the function of the jaw.
- Crossbite: The upper and lower teeth can rest inside both arches, which can erode the enamel and affect jaw growth.
- Open Bite: If the upper and lower teeth don’t overlap in the front, the mouth may not close fully.
Is Invisalign Right for Me?
If you’re ready to fix your bite and improve your oral health, you might be a candidate for Invisalign. We’ll perform a thorough consultation to assess your needs and determine if clear aligners will be beneficial. If you’re a candidate, we’ll create a series of aligners using impressions of your mouth. You must commit to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You will also need to change your aligners on time, usually weekly. Invisalign is recommended for patients who maintain their oral hygiene and regular visits to their dentist. It’s important to abide by your plan to ensure there aren’t any delays added to your treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation
You can have a beautiful smile you’ll want to show off by resolving your bite problem without the restrictions of brackets and wires. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for Invisalign.