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12 April 2018

Using discrete orthodontics to address the problem in Surbiton

An overbite is a relatively common problem in both adults and children. It is often genetic but can also be caused by habits such as thumb sucking and even biting your nails excessively. It may not only affect your appearance but can cause other issues too. These include some speech defects, and in particular, a lisp, as well as potential damage to the front teeth, especially the wearing down of the enamel caused by friction between the teeth.

In order to prevent these problems, patients should consider having the overbite corrected by one of our Surbiton cosmetic dentists.  Before any treatment can take place, you will be invited for an examination at the Confidental Clinic, to determine the most appropriate course of action to take.

Invisalign

Whilst it is important to have the overbite checked so that we can provide the right treatment for your own specific circumstances, there is a good chance that one of our most popular orthodontic systems can be used to correct the overbite. Invisalign orthodontics not only offer a high level of discretion for the wearer, but the fact that they can be removed makes for easier cleaning as well as eating.

As with other cases of crooked teeth, the trays that are used in Invisalign treatment offer a gentle way to encourage your teeth towards their correct position. This is done by using a series of individual trays, each of which works in stages to correct the teeth. Once the first tray has successfully moved your teeth to its desired position, that tray is removed and the next stage tray put into place. This process continues until your teeth are in the position that they should be.

Gentle pressure

Because it is important not to put too much pressure upon the teeth, as this could cause real damage, the process of straightening teeth in cases such as an overbite, can be a relatively lengthy one. Using a wire and bracket type of brace may speed up this process a little but usually not by a great amount. This system is also more visible and some patients find them a little uncomfortable too. Despite the slightly longer time that Invisalign orthodontics can take to correct an overbite,  the convenience and near ‘invisibility’ of Invisalign means that this is often a less problematic and more convenient process for the wearer.

Alternative orthodontics

As we mentioned earlier, you will need to have an examination at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton to see if you are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment. If not, there are other alternative braces available to achieve the desired result. Whilst most of these do use the wire and brackets approach to teeth straightening, most are now available in tooth coloured materials and are less visible than standard dental braces.

If you have an overbite and would like to see if you are a suitable candidate to have it corrected using Invisalign, please call our Surbiton dental practice on 020 8399 1291.

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