Many people have been told that their teeth are too complex for Invisalign, but even the most severe cases have been treated with Invisalign. Added to this myth, many people think that an overbite is when the top teeth stick too far forward of the bottom teeth. But in fact this situation is called an overjet, as the teeth are jetting too far forward. An overbite is where the top teeth come downwards so far over the bottom teeth that often, not much of the bottom teeth is visible when you smile. A more common term for overbite is a deep bite. But don’t worry, in both cases, Invisalign can help.
Whilst Invisalign can correct the alignment of both your top teeth and your bottom teeth (to take them from crooked to straight), Orthodontists also look at the relationship between the two. Orthodontists assess whether the top and bottom teeth sit nicely together, both aesthetically and functionally. From a functional perspective we want the teeth relationship to sit well, to avoid teeth grinding on top of one another and wearing down, along with other issues, but given the teeth are the platform for your lower face, their relationship can impact your overall look. Top teeth that are too far forward can make the lower jaw look ‘weak’ and top teeth that come down to cover too much of your bottom teeth can make a face look more aged.
Often Orthodontists will partner Invisalign with the use of elastics. Elastics run from the upper teeth to the bottom teeth (usually at the back of the mouth), to guide the relationship of the two. That’s why it is so important to see an orthodontist for your treatment, an orthodontist has the knowledge and the tools to create your best smile. Many online companies promote clear aligners without the use of elastics. Whilst it is true that in some cases elastics aren’t needed, taking a one-sized fits all approach, can result in teeth that look straight but may in fact may make the face look worse aesthetically, especially in the case of an overjet. Those people who have an overjet (teeth that are too far forward) to begin with can often be left with a more severe overjet once the crowding is unravelled without the relationship between the upper and lower teeth being addressed.
To see if you need elastics for your Invisalign treatment, upload some selfies of your teeth today.