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5 Ways a Straighter Smile Can Improve Your Teen’s Confidence

Let’s face it – being a teenager is difficult. Teens aren’t just contending with hormonal changes. They’re also dealing with pressure from friends, teachers, coaches and, of course, their parents. Dealing with these external forces can be challenging but handling the pressure they put on themselves is even more overwhelming for teenagers.

According to various studies, both girls and boys worry about their looks during their teenage years. This stress alone can lead teenaged girls to adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms and elevate the symptoms of depression in adolescent males.

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Treating an Open Bite with Invisalign

It can be difficult if your teeth don’t look like everyone else’s or you think they don’t. No matter how beautiful we may think your smile is, it won’t matter if you’re not comfortable with your teeth. One condition that often causes people to be self-conscious about their teeth is an open bite.

What Is an Open Bite?

In general, when dentists and orthodontists talk about an open bite, they’re discussing an anterior open bite. People who have this kind of open bite have front upper and lower teeth that typically slant outward. Because the teeth slant outward, they don’t touch when a person with this kind of bite closes his or her mouth.

Open bites are a kind of malocclusion. This means people with open bites don’t have teeth that align properly when they close their jaws.

Primary Causes of Open Bites

While open bites can be caused by other things, there are four primary causes behind the condition. These causes include sucking on a thumb, pacifier or another foreign object, tongue thrusting, a joint disorder and a skeletal problem.

Sucking on a Thumb, Pacifier or Another Foreign Object

When a person sucks on their thumb, a pacifier or another object, it has the potential to strain the alignment of their teeth. This repeated strain can result in an open bite.

Tongue Thrusting

In the context of an open bite, tongue thrusting is when a person pushes their tongue between their upper and lower front teeth when they talk or swallow. Doing this often enough can cause an open bite and it can also create openings between the individual’s teeth.

Joint Disorders

A temporomandibular joint disorder commonly referred to as “TMD” or “TMJ” can cause a person to experience chronic jaw pain. In order to alleviate their discomfort, people with this disorder will sometimes employ their tongue to reposition their jaw by pushing their teeth apart. This kind of behavior can yield an open bite over time.

Skeletal Problem

If a skeletal problem is the cause of an open bite, the issue is often related to or at least influenced by genetics. A skeletal problem may cause your jaws to grow apart instead of growing parallel to one another. If that happens, an open bite may be the result.

Invisalign Treatment for Open Bites

Luckily, you needn’t suffer in silence if you have an open bite that makes you uncomfortable. You can seek out Invisalign treatment for your open bite instead.

With Invisalign, your doctor will create a custom treatment plan for you. You’ll receive new Invisalign clear aligners every one to two weeks, which you’ll wear for 20 – 22 hours per day. Your Invisalign aligners will gently shift your teeth into proper position over time, correcting your open bite in the process.

Invisalign treatment often takes 12 – 18 months. Since every Invisalign treatment plan is custom-made, total treatment times will vary between patients as well as providers.

You’ve Found Your Invisalign Orthodontist at Clearsmile Orthodontics

If you’re ready to find a doctor who has the skills and experience to correct your open bite, your search will start and end with Dr. Colin Webb. Dr. Webb is committed to making people happy with their smile because he knows firsthand how life-changing a great smile can be – he sees the benefits of his work all the time!

We know it can be intimidating to establish a relationship with a new health care provider. That’s why we’ve compiled an explanation of everything you can expect when you visit Clearsmile Orthodontics throughout your Invisalign treatment.

Now that you know what you’re getting into, contact Clearsmile Orthodontics today so we can correct your open bite, improve your smile and change your life for the better.

Treating an Overbite with Invisalign

There are many conditions that might motivate a person to seek help with their teeth. One common condition is an overbite. An overbite is when a person’s top front top teeth overlap their lower front teeth.

It’s very common for people to have overbites. In fact, many individuals have at least a slight overbite. In general, dentists and orthodontists use a percentage to describe overbites. While an overbite of five to 25 percent is considered best, some overbites don’t fall into that range. If an overbite is too big, it may be called a “deep bite.”

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Do I Have to Change My Diet with Invisalign?

With over four million people wearing braces in the United States, braces are far from an uncommon sight. While many adults need braces just like a lot of teenagers do, some people in both age groups may dread the thought of getting braces no matter how great the results they have the potential to produce might be.

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When Will I Need a New Set of Invisalign Aligners?

Do you find that you’re reluctant to smile even when something hilarious happens? Do you often cover your mouth with your hand when you speak or on those rare occasions when you do break out a smile? If so, you’re not alone.

Too many people hide what could be a gorgeous, enviable smile because their teeth aren’t as straight as they’d like. If your jaw is misaligned or your teeth are out of place, there’s no reason for you to hide your smile any longer. Continue reading “When Will I Need a New Set of Invisalign Aligners?”