Edit: I’ve since renamed this post “Invisalign Virtual Bite Ramps” because, as I found out, they are not any form of lingual Power Ridges. In fact, to my knowledge, I don’t think there is such thing!
Are these bumps the same thing as “bite turbos”? My orthodontist couldn’t tell me when I asked him six months ago. To be fair, I didn’t specifically ask him this exact question… I asked him what in the world the purpose was for the huge lumps on the backs of my upper aligners. They were preventing my back molars from touching- how uncomfortable!! His answer was, “They help your teeth move.” Thanks, Dr. I., I would never have guessed that. No wonder I suffered from perpetual jaw-clenching. Me: “Touch, molars, please just touch!!!” ::CLENCH CLENCH::
Since then, I’ve done a lot of reading, and though I’m no doctor, I’m going to safely assume that these bubbles are some form of ‘bite ramps’ specific to Invisalign, and preform one of the same tasks that typical bite turbos do when used with traditional braces: they slowly open up my extremely deep bite (I’ve also read that turbos prevent upper incisors from damaging appliances attached to the lower incisors… am I correct?).
A deep bite can be a more severe version of an overbite. Unfortunately, I suffer from this but, hallelujah! Invisalign is now able correct this problem. Here is a more detailed explanation.
Due to my persistent clenching habit, the bumps at the back of my top aligners are pretty beat up by the end of two weeks. My orthodontist suggested I try thinking of other things when I start to clench my teeth, but I find that difficult when the only time I’m clenching my teeth is when my mind is on other things. Once I realize I’m doing it, I stop. Not having your back molars making contact is pretty annoying, you know?! But like I said earlier, the worst part is only the first few days of each set. Thank goodness because I might go nuts.
Luckily Invisalign aligners as we all know, aren’t made of metal… otherwise, I could have THIS torture device in my mouth!!
This video reminds me of the part in a horror movie when the murderer unsheathes his knife and lets it glisten before he stabs his victim.
Anyway, if I had these, it would mean absolutely no removing the appliance for mealtime. I’m so happy I chose Invisalign.
I noticed at the end of my ClinCheck videos that my bite was suddenly being ‘opened’, but now that I go back and watch them again, I see that my bite, from the beginning, has slowly been opening all along. How exciting!! This alone will make a huge difference in the appearance of my teeth when everything is all said and done.
Note: If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, click on my ClinCheck link above and you’ll be able to watch these short videos.
These clincheck videos are actually very ‘kind’ to the actual appearance of my teeth. How? you ask… well it’s simple. Crooked teeth reflect light differently than straight teeth. Even in well-lit places, a tooth that is crooked often appears dark, or even much lighter than the teeth surrounding it creating an uneven look per se. Just check out my profile photo:
So moving on… I also have power ridges on the outsides of two of my upper teeth. If anything makes my aligners noticeable, it’s these little light reflectors.
Now, I’m not exactly sure of the technical term for my ‘lingual bumps’ but I do know that these are in fact called power ridges. If you’re not familiar with power ridges, watch this video so you’ll get a better idea.
So now that I’m on aligners #12, I can definitely see a difference (though small) in how much of my bottom incisors are showing. All these little annoyances are so worth it!!
Anyway, I have yet to come across someone online, or in person, who has experienced these ‘lingual power ridges’. I know I have readers out there… can someone please step forward?! I’m tired of feeling alone! Okay, joking… but still, it would be nice if I could find someone to join me in martyrdom.