If you have an overbite, you are a part of the largest reason most people seek out orthodontic treatment. But did you know that you can fix your overbite with clear aligners? Traditionally, metal braces with brackets and wires and elastic rubber bands were the standard treatment for an overbite. Now, everything is becoming less invasive, and dentofacial corrections are no exception.
Our experienced team at Belle Meade Smile Center knows that many patients avoid getting the smile they deserve in an attempt to avoid conventional braces. Considering as much as seventy percent of dental disorders requiring orthodontic treatment are overbite concerns, Dr. Shipp is dedicated to staying up to date on the latest and most effective treatment options ensuring no smile is left hidden behind a bad bite. Could your smile benefit from an inconspicuous adjustment? Keep reading to see how clear aligners might help you.
Do I have an overbite?
Most people know that their teeth are crooked or have gaps that could benefit from orthodontic treatment. But, bite issues? How do you know if your teeth meet properly? For some patients, pain and wear make it obvious, but for less significant overbites, you may not realize that is the underlying issue.
An excessive overbite, called a deep bite, can be vertical or horizontal. With a vertical overbite, your top teeth significantly overlap your bottom teeth, whereas, with a horizontal overbite, your top teeth stick out in front of your bottom teeth. While these seem to be similar enough, your specific bite solution is determined by your particular “dental” or tooth placement issues, “skeletal” issues relating to your jaw, or a combination of the two. During your initial consultation, our experienced team will take x-rays and unique 3d mapping photos of your teeth and jaws to determine if your smile is a good candidate for treatment with clear aligners.
Typically, most people should have a slight overbite, which is simply when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth. We say “should” because having this slight malocclusion, or abnormal teeth alignment, gives your teeth and jaws space to meet and rest when chewing, speaking, and sleeping without causing unnecessary stress and wear on your enamel, gums, and bone. In comparison, if the upper jaw sits in a position that excessively overlaps the bottom jaw, an overbite is present and can affect your smile and your oral health.
How can Clear Aligners fix my overbite?
As with any personalized treatment, your exact path to overbite correction will depend on your specific situation. Thankfully, Belle Meade Smile Center offers a variety of treatment options, and clear aligners are one of the most utilized options for more than just their inconspicuous aesthetic. Our depth of experience ensures we can treat even the more complex cases by combining treatment methods or using special attachments for efficiency.
The basics of the clear aligner treatment are relatively simple and well-known at this point. Our team will take x-rays and exact digital scans of your teeth and mouth during your initial consultation. These scans will show our doctors what is going on with your alignment and bite, and they will also serve as the custom map for fabricating your series of custom clear aligner trays and the plan of adjustments they will make over time. Once you get your aligners, it is up to you to make sure you wear them as directed, so there are no delays in your smile creation.
One of the most noted facts about clear aligners is seeing the changes in your smile quickly and clearly since there are no brackets and wires to hide it all while it happens. Due to the cutting-edge technology and the weekly to biweekly series of aligners that make minor adjustments, you will notice significant changes in your smile within about three months. You will have checkups about every six to eight weeks to get your new sets of aligners and let our team check the progress of your teeth. These are generally quick appointments since there are no wires to adjust or brackets to repair.
Some cases may require the use of elastic rubber bands with the clear aligners to place additional pressure on the teeth to move in a specific direction quicker or more efficiently. Though common with traditional braces, they work the same way with clear aligners but require a different attachment method. Using a tooth-colored bonding material placed directly on certain teeth, your doctor creates a latch, or a button, on both a top and bottom tooth to attach the elastic onto. For correcting overbites specifically, it is common for these buttons to be placed on the upper canines and lower molars.
Can I afford clear aligner treatment?
We aim to provide outstanding treatment at Belle Meade Smile Center for a reasonable price. While costs vary depending on the complexity of your smile needs, we also believe healthy teeth and a beautiful smile should be within reach for everyone. Our mission is to provide your family with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget. We offer a wide range of payment options designed to be convenient and uncomplicated.
Still, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised to find out that, in most cases, clear aligners can cost about the same as you would pay for treatment with traditional braces. Often, insurance will even cover much of the cost as they would with that conventional treatment.
For a bite you can smile about, choose Clear Aligners from Belle Meade Smile Center!
Most problems just need a solid plan from a trusted professional. Whether you’re visiting Belle Meade Smile Center for a routine dental exam or to receive high-quality bite and alignment treatment, you’ll have many reasons to smile– compassionate and personalized care, a welcoming and convenient office, and a new lease on your smile!
Expert dentist, Dr. Phillip Shipp IV, and his friendly Nashville team use modern techniques and advanced technology to make your dental journey painless, efficient, and affordable. Schedule your consultation appointment today to discover why Belle Meade Smile Center has a fantastic reputation for cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and many other dental procedures.