Unfortunately, we aren’t born with perfect teeth. If we were, there’d be no need for dentists and orthodontists! The good news is that most of the time, our dental problems can be solved with the help of a good dentist.


What Causes an Overbite?


An overbite is one of the most common problems people have with their teeth. Although you can be born with an overbite, it can also be caused by a slew of things including grinding your teeth, joint dysfunction, or not getting your teeth fixed in time.


In children, oftentimes an overbite is caused by excessive thumb-sucking, prolonged use of the bottle, or using the pacifier too much. The sooner you get an overbite fixed, the easier it will be to do it. However, the longer you wait the worse the problem will be.


Different Kinds of Overbite


Believe it or not, there are two different types of overbites. The first one is known as the skeletal overbite. This is caused when your lower jaw is much smaller than your upper jaw and therefore your teeth get pushed towards the upper row.


The second type of overbite is called a dental overbite. This happens when your teeth are misaligned despite the fact that your lower and upper jaw are aligned together. As a result, the teeth that push the lower jaw back end up in an overbite.


Fixing an Overbite


If you have an overbite, don’t fret. Most overbites can be easily fixed with the help of braces. Many people think that braces are used only to fix crooked teeth, but they can also be helpful in fixing overbites.


The first thing your dentist will do is fit you for your braces. If your overbite is a bit more severe, you may have to get overbite braces. The braces will also allow your teeth to realign properly thus helping you get rid of your overbite.


The next step in fixing an overbite is to be fitted with elastic bands. These bands are placed onto the brackets of the braces in order to encourage your jaw to shift in the position that it needs to be in. This may be painful in the beginning due to the fact that a lot of pressure has to be added to your jaw for it to start adjusting.


When you are done with the braces, your dentist will likely fit you with a retainer that you must wear for at least two years after getting your braces taken off. This is to ensure that your teeth remain in the correct position.


Surgery is another way for people to get their overbites fixed if braces simply cannot get the job done. If you have a skeletal overbite, chances are you will need to have your jaw corrected via surgery. This method is not recommended for children as their bones are still developing.


Lastly, tooth extraction is another way to get rid of an overbite. If your overbite is caused by overcrowding of teeth, removing some is the best way to fix the problem.

Here at Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics, we want you to get the very most out of your Invisalign experience. That’s why we’ve compiled 4 helpful suggestions that will allow you to maximize the effectiveness of your treatment!



1 – Wear your aligners for 22 hours a day.



Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom recommend that you wear your Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours every day. Doing so will allow the technology to effectively and successfully shift your teeth to their new home. The only reason your aligners should be out is when you eat, brush your teeth, and floss. Be sure to replace them as soon as you complete one of those activities. In case you were wondering, your aligners should also be worn while you sleep because your teeth can shift and cause your overall treatment time to take longer than expected.



2 – Keep your aligner trays clean.



Similar to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners need to be cleaned constantly. Be sure to brush your aligners both morning and night. This will allow for any leftover food to be cleaned out and will help your teeth have that nice “invisible” look you love!



3 – Always brush your teeth after meals.



Not only is it important to clean and brush your Invisalign aligners, but it is absolutely vital to clean and brush your own teeth too! Doing so will prevent any food from getting stuck in your trays which will prevent any possible tooth decay. It also helps to keep your trays fitting properly so your treatment is smooth as butter. 



4 – Use your aligner case.



This may seem like a small thing but it will save you so much time and money! Whenever you have to take your Invisalign trays out, but sure to place them in their case until you put them back in again. This will help to prevent any accidents where your trays could be lost or thrown in the trash.


We hope these 4 tips help you to maximize your Invisalign treatment! Do you want to start your own Invisalign treatment for yourself? Stop by our office for a free consultation and learn why Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics is named Invisalign’s premier provider for Southern Utah. Call us today at 435-673-3334.

So you’re interested in Invisalign but you curious to know, can those clear aligners really fix your overbite? The short answer, yes they can! Let’s dive a little deeper into Invisalign and the process we’ll use at Burke + Beckstrom Orthodontics to fix your overbite with clear aligner technology.


What is an overbite?


An overbite is caused when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth, causing a generous gap between the two. Most individuals have at least a small overbite prior to orthodontic correction.


What kinds of problems can an overbite cause?


If you suffer from a major overbite, you may actually have a deep bite. Deep bites can cause serious problems including excess teeth wear, jaw pain, amongst other things.


Can Invisalign fix an overbite?


Most certainly! Invisalign clear aligner technology can fix an overbite and even a deep bite. When you visit our office we’ll find what treatment type is best for your smile.

Learn more about Invisalign technology here: https://smileforward.comthe-benefits-of-invisalign/