I was told that since the aligners put a little space between your upper and lower teeth that it makes you gap or bite a little off. is this true? and are there any other negatives about invisalign vs. traditional braces?
Will Invisalign Cause Bite to Be Off?
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Invisalign and Your Bite
Whenever teeth are being moved using any type of orthodontics, during the actual tooth movement, your bite may feel different than it did before you started treatment. The teeth do not all move at the same time or at the same rate.
Eventually they catch up so that the bite should feel uniform and comfortable all around. A common misconception by patients is that the bite should feel the same before, during and after treatment. No matter what method of orthodontic tooth movement is instituted, the bite will temporarily feel “off”. This is to be expected.
It's possible for bite to be off after Invisalign
Your bite can be off during and after Invisalign or ortho treatment. After all the teeth are moved into position then a full mouth bite adjustment is done to even the bite. Your Dentist or Orthodontist will do it at the end of treatment,if they dont then just ask them to do it.
Experience has shown that is not the case
When Invisalign first came out years ago, many orthodontists felt that because of the way it works, it would cause an adverse effect on the bite. Specifically, because there is constantly plastic between the teeth, it was felt that a open bite would occur in the back teeth. After treating some cases, perhaps reluctantly, we found that NOT to be the case. Invisalign is great at holding your bite steady while only moving the desired teeth.
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Invisalign Effect On Bite Alignment
Your experienced Invisalign dentist or orthodontist will be able to straighten your teeth using Invisalign while keeping your bite in proper alignment. In fact, Invisalign is now effective at correcting a bite that is out of alignment. Discuss these issues with you provider during the consultation phase to make sure he or she feels comfortable keeping your bite healthy and aligned.
Invisalign and your bite
As invisalign moves your teeth, your bite will tend to feel "off" and weird as your teeth are moving and your bite is changing. Once you have finished invisalign, and are wearing retainers are night, your teeth will settle into their new position and new bite.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.