Overbite correction is needed when the lower teeth bite into the roof of the mouth. The symptoms of an overbite are, of course, visually obvious. This condition can result in difficulty chewing properly and speaking clearly. An overbite can also be the source of jaw and neck pain and stress and even headaches. Over time it can lead to damage and wear of the jaw bone joint and uneven wear of tooth enamel. In normal situations, a natural overbite is about 3-5mm between faces of the upper and lower teeth.
Overbites are the most common malocclusion in children and can be either skeletal or dental.
- Skeletal overbites are genetically caused from a lower jaw that is smaller than the upper jaw. This may require orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery). The condition is most often
- Dental overbites are tooth-position related in nature and are usually corrected by orthodontic braces. The condition can be related to genetics or sometimes be due to extensive pacifier use, thumb-sucking, extended use of feeding bottles, or tongue thrusting at a young age.
Overbite Correction Options
The correction of an overbite can be done at any age, but usually orthodontic treatment is used in children in the 10-14 age group. As more and more corrective options become available, such as Invisalign® removable clear aligners, more people are electing to get their overbites corrected. Beyond the benefits of having a more beautiful smile, overbite treatment can offer better chewing, clearer speech, and fewer stress-related pains and jaw joint wear.
After your consultation, Dr. Bright will discuss all orthodontic overbite correction options available for your individual needs.