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What is an Overbite?


Posted on 1/24/2022 by Evan Admin
What is an Overbite?
Overbite is a dental condition where the top row of your teeth does not align with the bottom row. A skeletal overbite is when the lower jaw is smaller in size as compared to the upper jaw, pushing the upper teeth forward. In a dental overbite, the upper and lower jaws may be in line, but the lower jaw may be pushed back due to misaligned teeth.

Causes of Overbite


•  Genetics
•  Childhood habits, such as thumb-sucking or prolonged use of a pacifier
•  Biting nails and chewing on objects like stationery items
•  Teeth grinding
•  Delayed treatment after losing one or more teeth
•  Maxillary protrusion caused by tongue-thrusting habits
•  Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

How to Fix an Overbite


If you have an overbite, it is important to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist as home remedies do not work. Here are 3 common corrective measures:

Braces


Braces are typically used to treat crooked or misaligned teeth but they can also be used to correct an overbite. You can also go for specialized overbite braces if your orthodontist suggests. After your teeth are aligned, bands will be added to the braces brackets to gradually move the jaw in the right angle. Finally, you will have to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth stay in the right position.

Surgery


If an overbite is the result of a misaligned jaw bone, surgery is often required to correct it. Overbite surgery is meant for adults. Children do not usually need it as their teeth and bones are in the developing stage. For children, braces or Invisalign are preferable solutions for overbites.

Tooth Extraction


This is a good way to treat overbite if your teeth are overcrowded. Once a tooth or two is removed, the rest can shift into position accordingly. Once the teeth begin retaining the right position, the jaw aligns normally.

An overbite can lead to tooth damage and jaw pain. It can also affect your smile and result in speech issues. If you require an overbite correction, schedule a visit with us at Smile Dental Care by calling us at 872-266-2202 today.
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