What are Malocclusions?

Overbites, underbites, and crossbites are different types of malocclusions. Your occlusion is how your teeth fit together. When your occlusion is right, your top teeth and bottom teeth fit together perfectly. Malocclusions are instances where the teeth do not fit together properly, and Invisalign can help change your bite for balance. An overbite is defined as the upper teeth coming forward and closing in front of the bottom teeth. An underbite is defined as the lower teeth closing in front of the upper teeth. A crossbite is defined as the side teeth not meeting properly, with either the upper or lower set falling inside of the opposing teeth.

Malocclusions can contribute to a number of problems, and not just the cosmetic kind. When your bite is improper, it can cause TMJ dysfunction over time and lead to dental wear. With Invisalign, we can fix not only crooked teeth that make you uncomfortable with your smile, but your malocclusions as well, giving you great TMJ function.

How do you know if Invisalign® is right for you? Ultimately, you’ll need to visit our office for an assessment. Do you have any of the following problems with your smile?

  • Crowded teeth?
  • Gapped teeth?
  • Overbite?
  • Underbite?
  • Crossbite?

Did you know?

Some interesting benefits of Invisalign® Treatment….

Most people know that Invisalign® aligners are a near-invisible orthodontic alternative to wire braces (discreetness is one of its main selling points), but here are some hidden advantages of the 21st-century orthodontic miracle.

No surprises! The Invisalign® system uses a 3D scanner to assess treatment needs and create an entire set of custom aligners at once. Final smile is visualized from the get-go—no surprises.

No metal, no plastic. Aligners are made from medical-grade polyurethane resin (not plastic, which isn’t strong or safe enough). No need to worry about sores from brackets rubbing against delicate oral tissue or broken wires leading to an orthodontic emergency.

You’ll eat healthier. Since you need to take the aligners out and brush after eating/having sugary drinks, you’ll realize just how often you snack or how much other people offer you food. And since food can make aligners dirty and soft drinks can seep inside and cause decay, you’ll develop healthier eating habits, e.g. no more “boredom eating” because it’ll be inconvenient; improve oral health (frequent brushing) and overall wellness from need to pay close attention to daily habits.

Very little pain compared to braces. Yes, teeth are moving and can feel sore, especially after getting new trays, but largely are not anywhere near as painful as traditional braces can be. You can take ibuprofen to mitigate discomfort and make sure to avoid sticky/hard foods like taffy and other candies to minimize sensation of loose teeth.

Enjoy greater freedom overall. Fewer office visits, less time sitting in the “dentist chair” and fewer food restrictions (nothing like no popcorn or candy that can get stuck under wires/in brackets) will result in a much easier experience than braces. There are special tools needed to clean teeth properly and you’ll be able to remove trays for special events (like a wedding).