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Will invisible aligners impact my bite?

Guest post from Ben Burris, DDS, MDS

As long as I’ve been doing orthodontics, I’ve heard from customers who are concerned when their bite changes while their teeth are being straightened. The truth is, moving teeth, any teeth that contact other teeth, will cause some changes in the way the teeth fit together.

No matter whether I’m using braces or clear aligners to help people get the smile they want, it’s impossible to avoid changing the bite to some degree. And this is why it’s vital to have a duly licensed dentist or orthodontist supervise each and every case! Our job is to evaluate each case and decide when orthodontics can help and under which circumstances.

Will my bite change?

The fact that a bite may change while teeth are being moved may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but once you understand how teeth are moving, it only makes sense that straightening changes the way teeth touch together. It’s a necessary occurrence when getting a straighter smile!

Doctor Recommendations

Now that you have a better understanding of what’s happening in your mouth as your teeth are being straightened, here are my suggestions if your bite feels a little weird.

  • Know that feeling this way is expected and normal and that the vast majority of the time, you will get used to the new normal bite.
  • If you’re worried, let us know! Tell us about it. Send us a photo if you have time. That’s what we’re here for.
  • Make sure you’re wearing your aligners as directed. The best way to get the result we all want is to do your part!
  • Make sure your aligners are fitting properly. If they’re not, let us know!
  • And the best, most reassuring news of all… If your bite “just doesn’t feel right” and you’d rather have the bite feel the way you want it to instead of having your teeth straighter, we can talk about it. Likely, you’ll have to stop wearing your aligners. Without aligners or retainers, your teeth will return to where they were. This is something we do very rarely, but it does happen.

Invisible aligners are safe.

Moving teeth is a simple, safe process that is elective, non-invasive, and generally reversible. It’s important to understand that, if you want your teeth to look different, your bite will likely change, as well. This is true whether you use invisible aligners or traditional braces. Rest assured that the other dentist and orthodontists who work with SmileDirectClub and me are available to help you any time you have a question.

Keep smiling!

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