Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, Jr. and the team of Aesthetic and General Dentistry, would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep our dental office safe for everyone. We continue to follow the guidelines of the CDC, ADA, and OSHA.

We have updated our appointment and visitor policy to help contain the spread of Coronavirus. For the safety of everyone, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please call the office and reschedule your appointment for at least 4 weeks out.

We are requesting that our patients call or text us when they arrive. We will come and get them from the parking lot. There will be no waiting in the reception area as we had in the past. We ask that any accompanying family, friends, drivers, or other visitors wait in their car during your appointment.

All patients will undergo a series of screening questions prior to their appointment. These questions pertain to recent travel and symptoms. During the screening, if you show any symptoms or signs you may be asked to reschedule.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. We thank you for your trust and loyalty, and for being our patient!

To make an appointment or if you have any questions, please call us at (407) 251- 5100.

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, Jr. and the team of Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Why Should I Use Invisalign for an Overbite? By Alfredo M. Gapuz, Jr., DMD on September 24, 2020

Two Invisalign aligners stacked on top of each otherOverbites are often corrected with traditional braces. While this treatment is effective, many patients do not like the look and feel of the metal brackets and wires. That is why Invisalign clear aligners have grown in popularity. They provide a near-invisible appearance and are more convenient since they can be taken in and out as needed.

At our Orlando, FL, dental practice, Dr. Alfredo Gapuz, Jr. can use Invisalign for overbites. He examines your teeth and gums, overall oral health, and discusses your goals to see if Invisalign is right for you. Our goal is to leave patients with healthier, more beautiful smiles.

What Is an Overbite?

An overbite is the result of the upper front teeth overlapping the bottom front teeth. For many individuals, a slight overbite is not an issue. However, some patients have overbites that are too large and can cause a deep bite. With this condition, the overbite causes extra wear and tear on the teeth, as well as jaw pain.

Best Candidates for Invisalign

During a consultation at our Orlando office, we assess you to determine if you can benefit from Invisalign. The best candidates should have good oral health and not have gum disease or tooth decay. If a patient has any of these issues, we can treat them in-house before re-evaluating them for Invisalign at a later time.

If your overbite is too pronounced, you might not qualify for Invisalign. Traditional braces might be a better option to correct your teeth. We will go over all possible treatment options to ensure optimal results.

Why Should I Choose Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great way to improve a patient’s overall appearance. When the overbite is fixed, patients can experience enhanced self-esteem and confidence. They might feel more comfortable to work, go to school, and participate more freely in social activities.

Since an overbite creates misalignment, the Invisalign aligners gently shift your teeth into proper position. When the teeth are in their appropriate position, this prevents them from rubbing together and causing damage to the enamel. When the enamel is rubbed off the surface of teeth, this leaves them more susceptible to bacteria, plaque, and tartar. If left untreated, the patient could develop gum disease, loose teeth, or subsequent tooth loss.

For some patients with overbites, they might develop speech problems since the tongue might not connect with the teeth and top of the mouth correctly. When this is the case, the individual might find it more difficult to pronounce certain sounds and letters. Correcting an overbite with Invisalign can improve speech impediments.

Treatment Process

Our dentist uses Invisalign at our Orlando practice to straighten teeth for improved function and an enhanced appearance. During a consultation, the dentist makes impressions of your teeth to send over to the lab. At the laboratory, the custom trays are fabricated to fit your mouth precisely.

You will wear each set of clear, durable trays for about two weeks. While the aligners are worn 20 to 22 hours per day, you can remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss. The dentist will provide you with a timetable for how long the treatment will last.

After Treatment

After you are finished with Invisalign, you must follow your dentist’s instructions to achieve the best results. At our office, we will fit you with a retainer that you will wear for a time after treatment. The retainer prevents teeth from shifting back. Patients also need to visit their dentist for regular appointments.

Schedule a Consultation

For patients who are interested in Invisalign for overbites, they should contact us online or call (407) 251-5100 for a consultation. We can provide you with more information about the treatment.

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Aesthetic and General Dentistry

Dr. Alfredo Gapuz was recently recognized in local publications as an Orlando Dentist of the Year and as a 2019 Top Dentist. He holds several other distinctions, such as:

  • Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Fellow of the Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics

To schedule your consultation at our Orlando office, contact us online or call us at (407) 251-5100.

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