IT IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION
to think that orthodontic treatment is simply for aesthetic purposes.
In reality, having crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can have lasting
effects on your oral health.
So, what if you have an overbite? Fixing your overbite, or any kind of
malocclusion for that matter, will not only beautify your smile, but it
will also prevent dental problems in the future!
What Is An Overbite?
An overbite is a type of malocclusion that occurs when the lower and upper
jaws are not aligned, causing the upper teeth to cover the lower teeth.
Most often an overbite is hereditary, but it can also be caused by the
jaw not forming correctly. Childhood tendencies such as thumb-sucking
or prolonged bottle-feeding or pacifier use can cause or worsen an overbite.
Why Is Correcting An Overbite Important?
Fixing an overbite may simply be a matter of wanting to improve the appearance
of your smile, but it’s important to remember that an uncorrected
overbite can cause a wide range of health and dental problems. Some of
Gum damage. In a severe overbite, the lower front teeth can contact the gum line in
the back of the upper front teeth, while the upper front teeth may strike
the gum line of the lower front teeth, resulting in gum recession. Damaged
gums can lead to gum disease and tooth loss.
Difficulty speaking and chewing. Overbites can make speech difficult, resulting in speech impediments or
overcompensation to articulate certain words. Overbites can also complicate
Tooth wear and damage. The teeth often rest and hit each other in odd places when the jaw is
misaligned, causing enamel wear, tooth decay and even tooth loss.
Sleep apnea. People with overbites and a small mouth have a higher likelihood of developing
obstructive sleep apnea.
Jaw pain. A misaligned jaw can result in chronic jaw pain and headaches and may
contribute to the development of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
What Treatments Are Available?
After an examination, your orthodontist can diagnose the severity of the
overbite and suggest the best method of correction. For most people, that
is orthodontic treatment. Not only will orthodontic treatment fix your
bite, it will also straighten your teeth and beautify your smile. In rare
occurrences where an overbite is due to a malformed jaw, surgery may be required.
Here’s what orthodontic treatment can do for you:
Love Your Smile
Everyone deserves to love their smile! For most of us, that perfectly aligned
smile doesn’t come naturally. That’s where we come in! We
are dedicated not only to ensuring your oral health, but also to making
sure you walk out of our office loving that gorgeous grin of yours. Call
us today for a consultation! We love hearing from our patients.
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medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified
health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions