Can Invisalign Fix an Open Bite?

Traditional metal braces are not the only way to get a straight smile and healthy bite. Invisalign has revolutionized the field of orthodontics with its clear aligners. They can provide a very discreet and even more comfortable way to reposition teeth.

However, if you’ve been looking into Invisalign, then you probably know it’s not an ideal solution for everyone.

But does this include people with open bites, as well? Check out this short blog post to find out!

How Invisalign Works and Why It Can’t Fix Everything

Invisalign treatment involves wearing a set of clear aligners over your teeth. They are custom-made specifically to fit your teeth and reposition them to a more optimal placement.

The process is similar to metal braces as it applies constant pressure to the teeth. It’s why you will need to wear the aligners for around 22 hours every day.

Unfortunately, the amount of pressure Invisalign can apply to your teeth is much smaller when compared to metal or even ceramic braces. As a result, it’s not a good option for severe misaligned or bite issues, which may be better off with classic orthodontic treatments.

What Is an Open Bite?

An open bite is a malocclusion in which the front upper and lower teeth don’t touch when the mouth is closed.

This can lead to several issues, from speech impediments to an inability to properly chew your food and even a lack of confidence in your appearance. This is why many patients want to get their open bites fixed.

While there are many causes for open bites, usually there are two main types:

Determining the type of open bite you have ultimately leads to the proper treatment.

Can Invisalign Fix Open Bites?

Invisalign in Fox Point can be an effective way to treat some cases of open bites. However, the best way to know if it will work for you is to see Dr. Major and Dr. Krenzke for a consultation.

Essentially, if the position of your teeth causes your open bite, Invisalign may be able to help by improving tooth position and reducing the open bite.

For skeletal open bites, you may need the stronger pressure of braces, or even a combination of jaw surgery and orthodontic interventions to improve your bite.

Find Out If You're a Good Candidate for Invisalign

If you are dealing with an open bite, Dr. Major and Dr. Krenzke are here to help you discover if you can get it fixed with Invisalign or help you access another type of treatment that works for you.

Book a consultation online, and stop by to unlock your personalized path toward a healthy bite!

For more information, call us at (414) 236-5885.

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