If you have been told you have a dental problem called overbite it can be best described as a condition in which your front, upper teeth close down in front of your front lower teeth when you close your mouth tightly. It might surprise you that if you have been diagnosed with overbite, you are not alone. In young children, it makes up 70% of all teeth related problems. You can probably live with an overbite problem, without too much inconvenience, as long as it’s not more than a 20% protrusion. Otherwise, you should be looking out for suitable treatment options.
How to treat overbite effectively
Straightening your teeth because they are causing overbite needs some thought. You really need to seek an opinion from your orthodontist. There are generally two successful non-invasive ways of treating this problem. One option is the uses of braces and the other is Invisalign.
There is cost to consider and you will find that braces score better when it comes to the amount you will have to pay to correct your overbite. Also, braces are fixed onto your teeth and can’t be removed until they have completed their job. With braces treatment a bracket is fixed to each tooth by either a metal band or glue. A slim metal wire called an arch wire is secured between the brackets and puts pressure on the teeth. The teeth move as the arch wire exerts pressure onto the brackets. Rubber bands or springs are used to exert force in a specified direction. Overall, braces exert constant pressure and after a period of time move the teeth.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a little different from braces as it is consists of invisible aligners that fit over protruding teeth, preventing further movements and slowly moving the teeth back into a more desirable position. Invisalign differs from braces treatment as the aligners can be removed for cleaning and put back, but the recipient has to remember they need to be worn 22 hours daily to have any useful effect.
Differences between braces and Invisalign
Invisalign is considered to be more comfortable to wear than braces due to the way it comes into contact with the gums and teeth. Braces generally need far more care and attention than Invisalign because they can’t be removed to clean the teeth the user needs to floss and brush far more fastidiously than with Invisalign aligners which can be removed and cleaned in lukewarm water. While the Invisalign aligners are out of the mouth, the teeth can be thoroughly cleaned too.
When deciding on how to treat overbite you need a treatment that doesn’t inhibit the way you go about your daily routines. Braces can’t be removed when you want to go out to meet an important person so you have to put up with looks from people while Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and don’t need to be taken out for the sake of appearance.
The most important thing about treating overbite is the treatment and its effectiveness. Braces achieve a much higher ranking when it comes to effectiveness. Recently, Invisalign introduced precision cutting and elastic bands which improve the effectiveness of Invisalign. However, all in all, evidence has shown that braces are better, despite their unsightly appearance.