Orthodontists frequently see patients interested in learning about the latest overbite correction options. Though not a dental emergency, an overbite can lead to cosmetic, aesthetic and practical concerns. Orthodontic treatments like braces reverse this common problem.
Not sure if you or a loved one has an overbite? Read on to find out more about this condition and overbite correction methods.
What Causes an Overbite?
An overbite occurs when the top front teeth protrude beyond the bottom teeth. When the patient smiles, the top teeth may overlap the bottom teeth. Or, in cases of an excessive overbite, the top front teeth may be pointed outward.
Overbites can have many causes. For instance, overbite development is often a hereditary condition in many families. However, not all overbites have genetic origins. This condition has been linked to behaviors such as frequent nail-biting, thumb-sucking or pacifier use. People who grind their teeth may be at a higher risk of developing an overbite, too.
What Are Typical Overbite Symptoms?
An overbite is fairly easy to spot because the symptoms tend to be noticeable. These symptoms can include:
- The front top teeth overlap the bottom teeth when the mouth is at rest.
- The front top teeth grow outward instead of downward.
- The front top teeth push the upper lip outward when the mouth is closed.
- Trouble speaking clearly and distinctly.
- Difficulty biting into foods due to misaligned teeth positions.
One of the simplest ways to diagnose an overbite is to look at a person from a profile view. The position of the upper teeth will reveal an overbite fairly quickly. Of course, it’s important to speak with a dental professional to confirm if someone has an overbite.
Is It Necessary to Correct an Overbite?
While overbite correction is usually only a necessity in extreme cases, it can be a welcome solution. After all, overbites can be both visually and medically unwelcome.
If a patient goes without overbite treatment, the condition could become more severe. Additionally, overlapping teeth could lead to tooth damage, gum disease and other dental concerns.
Today, most parents whose children have overbites like to explore overbite treatment for another reason — confidence. Having a healthy, properly aligned smile can give kids with overbites a tremendous self-esteem boost.
Are There Customized Overbite Treatments Available?
Thanks to the latest technologies in dentistry and orthodontics, patients with this condition can enjoy personalized overbite correction services. Braces are most commonly used for overbite treatment.
All types of braces, including discreet Invisalign “clear” braces, can remedy an overbite. Sometimes, surgery may be recommended if the cause of the overbite includes a misaligned jaw. Removing teeth adjacent to the front teeth can help in some circumstances by creating more room in the mouth.
Trust Fredericksburg Orthodontics for Bite Correction Services
If you believe you or someone in your family has an overbite, arrange a consultation with the orthodontists at Fredericksburg Orthodontics. We’ve been in practice for over 16 years and have worked with countless patients to fix their overbites.
Your individualized overbite treatment is just a phone call away! Contact us by phone at 540-227-6998 or request a consultation online to start your journey to a more beautiful smile.
Based on her skill and expertise with the Invisalign® teeth straightening system, Dr. Diana Almy is an Invisalign® Diamond+ Provider. That means, Dr. Almy has completed over 10K cases and ranks in the top 1% of all providers in the nation!