If you have an underbite, fixing it non-invasive is ideal. A discreet, comfortable, and convenient treatment option can help correct your underbite. Wearing Invisalign aligners is a simple solution to help fix an underbite without getting surgery on your jaw.
To help correct your underbite, the clear Invisalign aligners need to be worn for at least 20 hours a day, taking them out only to brush your teeth, floss, eat, or drink anything other than water.
What Is an Underbite?
An underbite is when your bottom teeth extend forward, almost looking like your jaw is pushing out from your mouth. It most commonly happens from a misalignment of your jaw and teeth, causing your bottom teeth to sit more forward in your mouth than the top teeth.
Underbites are usually caused by genetics, an injury to your jaw or face, or prolonged childhood behaviors, like using a pacifier past age three. Underbites can cause several problems, including:
- Difficulty eating or chewing
- Trouble speaking clearly or pronouncing certain letters or words
- Excessive wear on some teeth
Does Invisalign Fix an Underbite?
If you have a mild underbite, Invisalign can be an easy fix. Throughout treatment, your teeth will move slightly into the correct position over several weeks to months.
Each tray you wear will last one to two weeks, and you will be given a new set of aligners each time it is time for a replacement. Invisalign is a more discreet way to fix an underbite compared to braces.
How Long Does Invisalign Take For Underbites?
The amount of time your Invisalign for underbite treatment depends on how severe it is. If you have a mild underbite, it might take three to four months, but severe underbites can take one year or longer to correct.
It is difficult to give an exact amount of time because the amount of time you wear Invisalign depends on your specific needs. Your orthodontist can determine how long you must wear Invisalign to help correct your underbite.
Can Braces Fix Underbites?
Yes, braces can be used to fix underbites. They work by moving the teeth into their proper alignment, just as Invisalign does, but it uses wires and brackets. Braces are much more noticeable than Invisalign aligners, so they might not be the best choice for someone who would prefer a discreet option.
Additionally, you may need to keep the braces on for years, which is something to remember when deciding between braces or Invisalign. Wear a retainer after the braces come off to help keep your teeth in the proper position.
Do You Need Surgery For an Underbite?
You will not need surgery if your underbite is due to misaligned teeth. Invisalign will work overtime to correct your teeth positioning. However, if you have an underbite because of disproportionate jaw growth, you might need corrective jaw surgery to help treat your underbite.
Also, depending on the severity of your underbite and your specific needs, surgery, and Invisalign may be necessary to correct your jaw and align the dental arches. Following surgery, you will need orthodontic treatment until your teeth are brought together into a perfect bite (occlusion).
Can an Underbite Be Fixed With Invisalign: FAQs
How much does it cost to fix an underbite with Invisalign?
On average, Invisalign can cost between $3,000 and $5,000 to fix your underbite. It is important to remember that this cost estimate can fluctuate due to insurance coverage and the length of treatment.
Is Invisalign better than braces for an underbite?
Invisalign, a type of braces, and traditional braces offer the same treatment for an underbite. Despite that, Invisalign is the better choice because they work quicker than braces, are convenient, and are not noticeable.
What age is best to fix an underbite?
The best age to fix an underbite is as soon as possible. You can begin treatment for an underbite as young as ages 7 to 10 years old, but underbites can still be treated well into adulthood.
Can Invisalign fix my underbite?
Invisalign for underbites can help if your underbite is due to improper teeth position. If a skeletal problem in your jaw causes your underbite, you may need corrective jaw surgery to fix the underbite. Your orthodontist can help determine why you have an underbite and which option is best for you.
For many reasons, Invisalign is an excellent treatment option to help fix a mild underbite. Not only can Invisalign fix an underbite, but it is discreet, comfortable, and convenient. Since underbites have different causes and treatments, it is best to speak to your orthodontist at Bergen Orthodontics before you decide on treatment.