December 19, 2018

Can You Fix an Overbite with Braces?

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overbite and bracesDid you know your misaligned teeth may cause a bigger issue other than just cosmetic concerns? Crooked teeth can impact how they fit together, which can cause your jaw to be misaligned. In some cases, it can create an overbite. This occurs when the upper teeth protrude over the lower ones by a proportion between 30% to 50%. This is known as a malocclusion. You do not need to live with the results. There are solutions to correct it, like braces.

Types of Overbites

Not all overbites are the same. There are two types: vertical and horizontal. A vertical overbite occurs when the top teeth greatly overlap the lower teeth while a horizontal one develops when the top protrudes over the bottom. Some patients may have one or both forms. While they are often caused by alignment issues, it can also be from improperly developed jaws.

What Causes an Overbite?

Most overbites are the result of the shape or size of the jaw or teeth, such as from too little or too much room to accommodate the teeth. This can make the teeth crowded or gapped if it is not corrected. Other factors can lead to the problem as well, such as thumb-sucking, nail biting, or excessive pressure against the back of the teeth. In some cases, it can be the result of genetics, bruxism, or a disorder of the temporomandibular joint.

Do I Need Treatment?

An overbite causes more than just aesthetic concerns. It can lead to irreversible damage to the teeth while also impacting your jaw’s function. Other complications can include:

  • Tooth decay, gum disease, worn enamel.
  • Jaw pain.
  • Chronic headaches.
  • Pain or discomfort when eating.
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Difficulty speaking.
  • Facial structures abnormalities.
  • Low self-esteem.

Treating an Overbite

Although it is never too late to fix an overbite, it is best to have it done as soon as possible. It is recommended children have an orthodontic consultation around the age of 7 to detect any malocclusion issues. Adults should have a regular checkup every 6 to 12 months to ensure prompt intervention to prevent complications from an untreated overbite.

Your orthodontist in Arlington can correct it using a treatment that accommodates individual needs. Depending on whether it is a child or an adult that needs intervention, the process may vary.

Children & Teens

  • Removal of baby teeth.
  • Growth modification device.

Adults

  • Teeth removal.

Invest in a Healthy, Functional Smile

Whether you or your child need to correct an overbite, your orthodontist has the solutions you need to invest in a healthy, functional smile.

About Allheart Dental Implants & Orthodontics

Allheart Dental Implants & Orthodontics provide comprehensive solutions to help our patients reach optimal oral health and well-being. We can treat even the most complex alignment or bite concerns. If you need treatment for an overbite, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

 

 

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