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Invisalign Bite Alignment – Myrtle Beach, SC

Correcting Your Bite with Clear Aligners

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Dr. Jack Markusen uses Invisalign in Myrtle Beach to treat patients with a variety of issues, one of which includes improper bite alignment. When your bite is off, it can spell disaster for the rest of your oral health, leading to chronic jaw pain, excessive wear and tear on your teeth, and increased risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. If you think Invisalign is only for crooked teeth, you’ll be happy to know that you can achieve better oral health and an improved bite using these clean aligners. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Markusen.

Why Should I Fix My Bite?

Your bite plays a pivotal role in how your mouth works. While you might not think a slight shift is anything to worry about, over time, it can become increasingly problematic. In fact, if an improper bite alignment is left untreated, you can experience:

  • Pain while eating or biting
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

How Can Invisalign Correct My Bite?

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Invisalign is one of the most effective ways to shift your bite into proper alignment. These clear aligners do more than just make your treatment nearly invisible to others, they can move your teeth and jaw in a way that will keep you from experiencing extreme discomfort all while improving your oral health.

If you’re wondering exactly what types of bite alignment problems Invisalign can solve, here is a brief list:

  • Overbite: This is when your top teeth protrude over your bottom teeth. It can lead to your bottom teeth making contact with the roof of your mouth.
  • Underbite: Think of this as the exact opposite of an overbite. Your bottom teeth extend forward while your upper teeth are pushed back.
  • Crossbite: A crossbite includes the upper teeth sitting just inside the lower teeth. This type of bite can lead to serious wear and tear on your teeth, thinning the enamel over time.
  • Open Bite: If you sucked your thumb or used a pacifier for an extended period of time, you could have an open bite, which occurs when the teeth do not come into contact when closing your mouth.
  • Dental Midlines: If you’re experiencing problems with the back area of your bite, it may be caused by a dental midline.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

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When meeting with your cosmetic dentist in Myrtle Beach, you’ll sit down to discuss whether Invisalign is the right method of treatment for you. Although it can solve many problems, it’s not always the right solution for everyone, so it’s important that you and your dentist discuss all available options to determine which one is best for resolving your individual problem.

Invisalign is a great alternative for realigning your bite as long as you adhere to the instructions provided by Dr. Markusen. It’s imperative that you wear your aligners for the appropriate amount of time each day in order to avoid any delays in treatment. Invisalign must be worn 20-22 hours each day for 2 weeks. At this time, you’ll switch to a new set in the series and complete this process until you are finished with treatment.

As long as you remain committed to the process and adhere to all the instructions provided by your dentist, you’ll be seeing a new and improved smile that is healthier and more beautiful than before in 12.