If you are considering invisible braces but your bite is misaligned, you may be wondering, can Invisalign fix an overbite? Having a small overbite is natural, but too much of one can lead to problems down the line. So if you think yours needs treating, and you don’t fancy fixed braces, will Invisalign do the job?
In this article, we will discuss whether or not Invisalign can fix overbites, and share experiences and reviews from others. We will cover the following questions and topics:
- What types of misalignment can be fixed with Invisalign?
- Why should you fix your overbite?
- Invisalign overbite correction process
- Reviews and Invisalign overbite before and after photos
You may have heard that if you have severe orthodontic issues you will need traditional fixed braces rather than clear aligners. This may be true in some cases, but don’t rule out Invisalign as they can treat up to 90% of orthodontic cases, including some cases of malocclusion.
In fact, there's an easy way to check whether you're a good candidate, just take Invisalign's free Smile Assessment Tool here.
But first, let’s get started with why you should get your overbite fixed.
Table of contents
- 1 Why should you fix your overbite?
- 2 What can Invisalign treat?
- 3 How does Invisalign treat overbites?
- 4 How much will it cost to fix an overbite with Invisalign?
- 5 Invisalign overbite correction reviews
- 6 Invisalign before and after overbite
- 7 Conclusion
- 8 FAQS
Why should you fix your overbite?
There are a few different reasons that you may have an overbite. It could be that you sucked your thumb a lot as a child, or just that your teeth grew that way. Whatever the reason, you may have noticed as you have gotten older that your overbite is causing you some issues.
Some of these issues may include:
- Trouble biting into food and eating
- Damage to the roof of your mouth from your lower teeth
- Soreness in your jaw and face
- Worn and uneven teeth
- Speech impediments
It’s important to fix your overbite to prevent any more tooth and gum damage, as well as any pain in your jaw. It can also help to improve your facial structure, and potentially solve any speech impediments, while of course helping you towards having a more confident smile.
What can Invisalign treat?
Invisalign can treat mild, moderate and some complex orthodontic cases. Some of the issues that these aligners can treat include the following:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Mild and moderate malocclusions
Cases start to get slightly more complex with overbites and other types of malocclusions, especially if they are more severe. But, with the use of new technology such as Invisalign's SmartForce attachments, buttons and elastics, it is possible to treat some of these as well.
Your Invisalign dentist or orthodontist will be able to tell you if you are eligible for the Invisalign system, so if you’re unsure it’s best to book a consultation with your nearest provider to find out more.
How does Invisalign treat overbites?
If you don’t already know what Invisalign is, they are a series of custom-made, clear, plastic trays that fit over your teeth and gradually align them. There are a few different options, including Invisalign Comprehensive, Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express, depending on your needs and the complexity of your case.
Invisalign works using buttons, attachments and elastic bands to treat overbites. SmartForce attachments are more for helping the aligners get a better grip on your teeth, but the buttons and elastic bands will help align your bite.
The buttons attach to your upper and lower aligners and are joined by elastic bands that help move and adjust your bite. They work together to fix your overbite over time by pulling your top teeth back and your bottom teeth forward.
If you only wanted to straighten your top teeth along with your overbite, you wouldn't be eligible for single-arch Invisalign treatment as a full set is necessary to attach the elastics to both the top and bottom aligners.
Attachments and buttons make your aligner a little tighter and can cause Invisalign tooth pain, but you can use devices like chewies to help seat them better. As your teeth are straightened throughout your treatment, and the elastic bands gradually move your bite into alignment, your whole smile should start to feel better.
If, however, a patient's malocclusion is too complex for Invisalign aligners to fix, then braces or even jaw surgery may be the only option.
How much will it cost to fix an overbite with Invisalign?
The cost of Invisalign Comprehensive is between £2,500 – £5,500 depending on the severity of your case and the length of treatment needed. If your orthodontic case is quite complex then you will probably need to go with one of these options, depending on your age.
However, if you have an overbite that is milder then you may be eligible for Invisalign Lite. These aligners cost between £1,800 – £3,500 and have a shorter treatment length. Invisalign Express is only suitable for very mild orthodontic cases, and not a good choice for treating an overbite.
The following table summarises Invisalign costs, treatment length and whether or not they can fix an overbite.
Can treat overbites?
90% of orthodontic cases
Mild, moderate and some complex
£3,500 - £5,500
Mild and moderate cases
£2,500 - £4,000
Very mild cases
£1,500 - £3,000
Invisalign overbite correction reviews
In this first review, Crystal talks about her Invisalign experience and the correction of her overbite. The first thing that she mentions is the use of elastics and hooks to align her bite. Crystal says she has had multiple problems with her elastics, and quite a few trips to her orthodontist because of them.
Next, she goes on to talk about how different her smile is from before she had Invisalign treatment. In her video, she shows video clips of her smile now compared with 6 months ago and then talks us through what exactly has changed.
Crystal tells us that she has 7 more aligners to go until she finishes her treatment, but then she will need to wear her elastics for another year, which gives a good idea of how long Invisalign overbite correction may take.
She then shows the size of the elastics, and explains a few tips for having elastic bands with your aligners, especially if you have long nails!
The next review is from Amy, a YouTube vlogger who reviews her whole Invisalign journey. She explains that she needed orthodontic treatment to fix an open bite that was only getting worse.
Amy starts the video by explaining that an open bite is a space between the top and bottom teeth. She says that she developed hers later in life, but her Invisalign doctor can’t pinpoint what may have caused it.
During Amy's explanation of her Invisalign experience, she adds that she needed buttons but didn’t want them because she is an actress and can’t have visible attachments.
Fortunately, her dentist was able to still treat her without attachments or buttons. However, Amy warns that her treatment ended up being much longer because of her choice to forgo attachments.
She talks through the rest of her orthodontic treatment journey and shows her before and after images.
Invisalign before and after overbite
In the following video, YouTube vlogger, Amena talks about her Invisalign experience and shows her progress pictures throughout her entire treatment. She even includes side-on views of her overbite from start to finish and her Invisalign overbite before and after photos.
All in all, Amena had 17 attachments and buttons on her teeth during her treatment to correct her overbite and align her smile!
Invisalign has come a long way in research and development over the years and can now treat up to 90% of orthodontic cases. They can treat mild to moderate orthodontic cases including crowding, gaps between teeth, crooked teeth and malocclusions, and some severe cases.
This is because Invisalign uses technology such as attachments, buttons and elastic bands to help align your bite. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to make an orthodontic plan and know just where to put buttons to move your teeth and bite in the right direction with the use of elastic bands.
However, if you are still unsure if your orthodontic case will be eligible because you have a severe case like a deep overbite, it’s worth consulting an Invisalign provider to know more. Or, take their quick and free Smile Assessment here to check your eligibility now.
If you do not qualify for Invisalign aligners for this reason, you may have to opt for a more intense treatment like fixed braces, or even surgery.
Can Invisalign correct an overbite?
Yes, Invisalign can correct an overbite, but it may depend on the severity of your case. If you have a very complex case then you may need more intense treatment like fixed braces or surgery.
How long does Invisalign take for overbite?
Even if your Invisalign treatment is quite short, you may have to wear your elastics for longer. Every case is different, and your dentist will know best how long your treatment might take.
Prices stated are indicative only and are based on publicised treatment prices at dental clinics across the UK.