Can Clear Aligners Fix an Open Bite?

When the upper and lower teeth don't make contact while the mouth is closed, it’s known as an open bite. It’s estimated that less than 1% of people in the US have an open bite, which can lead to a variety of issues such as:

  • Problems chewing and swallowing foods
  • Speech problems
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Less pronounced chin
  • Aesthetically unpleasant smile, etc.

If you have an open bite and want to fix it, you might be interested in clear aligners in Clermont as a potential course of action. Clear aligners provide a much more discreet way to correct tooth alignment issues than traditional metal braces.

But can clear aligners treat open bites? Keep reading to find out!

Clear Aligner Treatment Has Improved Tremendously Over the Years

When they were first introduced, clear aligners were only able to address minor tooth alignment concerns. The more severe cases of jaw or alignment issues still required traditional metal braces, sometimes even surgery to correct.

But today, clear aligners are able to address many more types of alignment and jaw concerns than it did in the 90s when it was first marketed. An open bite is no exception, as you have the option of wearing modified Invisalign trays that can help shift your teeth into their most optimal position and correct the open bite.

How Do Clear Aligners Correct Open Bites?

Very broadly, clear aligners help adjust your back teeth (called molars) in order to close the gap between your front teeth. This is different from traditional metal braces, where the orthodontist will use elastics in order to close the gap.

It’s important to note that while mild and moderate cases of open bites can be fixed through clear aligners, more severe cases may still need metal braces or even surgery, particularly if the open bite is caused by a structural issue in the jawbone.

How Long Does the Clear Aligner Treatment Last?

The length of treatment depends greatly on several factors:

  • The severity of the open bite
  • Your overall dental health
  • Your age, etc.

Based on a consultation, the orthodontist may be able to estimate a treatment timeline. But in most cases, open bites will require 12 months or more to be fully closed.

Moreover, the treatment is divided into different stages. This means that you will likely wear several different sets of clear aligners over the course of your treatment. Once one set moves the molars to the intended position, you will have to get a new pair to continue your treatment.

Dealing with an Open Bite? Book an Appointment Now

If you have an open bite and are wondering if clear aligners are right for you, Clermont dentist Dr. Mundi Buechele can analyze your case and recommend the best course of action to get you the smile you want.

To get started, book a consultation at Clermont Family Dentistry today.

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