An overbite happens when your upper teeth extend beyond your bottom front teeth. A lot of people have a tiny overbite. Though a significant overbite can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and jaw discomfort. Limiting thumb-sucking and pacifier use in children can help them avoid developing an overbite.
Overbite Correction Treatment
Overbite is frequent in both children and adults. The form and/or size of the jaw or teeth is the most typical cause of an overbite. There may be too much or too little space in the jaw region to fit one’s teeth. If an overbite is not addressed, teeth might cluster together and grow crooked, causing more difficulties.
Overbites are a form of malocclusion, which is an irregular or rough contact between the upper and lower teeth. When the upper and lower teeth align, chewing and biting are easier. If they are misaligned, it can lead to worn enamel, cracked and broken teeth, jaw pain, and a variety of other symptoms. Common treatment for overbites include braces or clear aligner treatment. If you believe your child is experiencing an overbite, call our office today to schedule an appointment!
What causes an overbite?
There are several causes of malocclusion, including:
- Excessive nail biting
- Teeth grinding
- Thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
- Using a pacifier past the age of 3
What are the treatment options for an overbite?
Overbite repair differs between children and adults. If an overbite is discovered during childhood, treatment may include:
- Growth modification devices, or palate expanders, are used to reposition the jaw during growth spurts.
- Braces are used to gradually shift all of the teeth into proper alignment.
- Removal of baby or permanent teeth to create place for adult teeth.
- Retainers are used after braces to keep the teeth in place.
In adults, treatment may include:
- Clear braces are used to reposition just the teeth impacted by an overbite.
- Jaw alignment surgery
- Teeth extraction to make way for the remaining teeth
How can I tell if I have an overbite?
You can often see an overbite by looking in the mirror. Additionally, an overbite can cause difficulty chewing, speaking, or even jaw pain. Consulting a dentist or orthodontist is the best way to confirm an overbite and determine its severity.
What are the benefits of correcting an overbite?
Correcting an overbite can improve several aspects, including:
- Improved bite function and chewing: A proper bite can alleviate chewing difficulties and discomfort.
- Reduced risk of tooth wear and damage: An overbite can put excessive pressure on the front teeth, increasing the risk of wear and chipping.
- Enhanced facial aesthetics: Correcting an overbite can improve facial symmetry and profile.
- Reduced speech problems: Speech impediments caused by an overbite can be addressed through correction.
How long does overbite correction take?
Treatment time varies depending on the chosen method and individual case complexity. Braces or aligners typically take 12-24 months, while jaw surgery can take longer, with additional recovery time.
Is overbite correction covered by insurance?
Some dental insurance plans may offer partial coverage for overbite correction, especially if deemed medically necessary. It’s crucial to check with your individual insurance provider for specific coverage details.
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