How to Correct an Overbite

By December 9, 2014Orthodontics

kidsbracessurreyOverjet, commonly referred to as an overbite, is when the front teeth stick out farther than the bottom teeth. A mild overbite can take a toll on self-confidence. However, a significant overbite is more than an aesthetic issue. It has the potential to cause jaw pain, affect speech, increase the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis and create problems chewing.

How to Correct an Overbite with Braces Treatments

Braces are the standard treatment for an overbite and the one many people are familiar with. Consider the following options:

  • Metal Braces: Stainless steel brackets and wires are used to slowly shift the teeth into place. Metal braces are the most common.
  • Clear Braces: Clear braces also rely on brackets and wires, however, they are transparent and much less visible than metal braces. Clear braces are generally reserved for older adolescent and adult patients.
  • Lingual Braces: Lingual braces consist of brackets and wires but are adhered to the backside of the teeth so others can’t see them.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign involves a series of customized, clear, plastic retainers that are virtually invisible. You can remove the retainers to eat and brush your teeth.

Each type of braces treatment has its pros and cons. Options will vary depending on your individual needs and the severity of your overbite

Non-Braces Overbite Correction

Certain fixed or removable orthodontic appliances are useful for treating overbites. A retainer can be utilized before and after braces treatment to shift teeth or keep them in place. There are even appliances that help to reposition the jaw, such as Twin Block. Appliances are typically used during the first phase of treatment.

Tooth extraction is rarely necessary and is usually only done when crowding is an issue. A treatment such as braces typically follows. In cases of extreme overbites due to skeletal issues, surgery might be necessary to realign the upper jaw and lower jaw. Surgery can often be avoided if an overbite is treated early.

When Should I Seek Overbite Treatment?

An overbite can be corrected at any age. In fact, more and more adults are turning to braces. However, early intervention with appliances or braces can help individuals avoid complicated surgery as an adult. Children’s jaws are still growing and are easier to manipulate. It’s recommended that children visit the orthodontist no later than seven-years-old. This doesn’t mean treatment will be performed right away. This will just allow the orthodontist to monitor the child’s teeth and decide when overbite treatment will be most effective.

How Aura Orthodontics Can Help

Aura Orthodontics is dedicated to providing exceptional orthodontic care in Surrey. Dr. Sharma offers free consultations and will help you decide on the best possible overbite treatment option including clear braces, metal braces or Invisalign. Contact Aura Orthodontics today to uncover a beautiful smile.

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