An overbite is when your jaw and your top row of teeth extend forward and overlap your bottom row of teeth. They are extremely common and only require treatment depending on the severity of the overbite.
Most overbites measure between 2 and 4 mm, which are pretty average measurements that typically do not require treatment.
However, there are more extreme cases where they extend out farther. These cases can cause several problems, including;
There are two main groups that overbites typically fall into, dental and a skeletal.
Dental overbites can occur when there is a general misalignment of your teeth. Dental overbites are basically when the misalignment of your teeth are causing your lower jaw to push backward.
Skeletal overbites occur when the bottom jaw is too small and doesn’t correctly fit with the upper jaw. When this happens, the upper jaw pushes forward over the lower bottom jaw creating a severe overbite. Cases like these typically require surgical intervention to align the jaws for proper functioning.
With children, overbites have a little more lenience, being that a child’s jaws and teeth will continue to develop and grow as they do. The most common treatments for overbites in children include stopping bad habits, the removal of baby teeth, braces, etc.
Overbites in adults may also be treated with braces or teeth removal, and in some cases, even surgery. For severe horizontal or (overjet) overbites in adults, surgery will most likely be the best course of treatment.
Now that you have a general understanding of what overbites are and what causes them, assuming that you have an overbite, you should now take the necessary steps in discovering whether or not your overbite needs professional treatment.
Start by visiting an experienced orthodontist.
An orthodontist will thoroughly examine the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw/bite. Upon this examination, you can typically expect to have some X-Rays done so that your orthodontist can get a clear view of what is going on with your condition.
Once your Orthodontist has made a thorough assessment of your teeth, he or she will then make recommendations for the best courses of treatment specific to your dental needs.
The most common solution to simple overbites involves upper and lower braces as well as rubber bands.
While braces work to gently move all of your teeth into place, the rubber bands act as directory agents pulling your jaw in one direction or another in an effort to achieve a more appropriate bite-positioning and dental profile.
Occasionally this solution to an overbite may also require the removal of one or more teeth to make room for the corrections.
At Kimbrough Orthodontics, we have honed skills and experience in correcting overbite conditions.
If you are looking to have your overbite corrected by the best, call Kimbrough orthodontics now and schedule a time to come in for a consultation.
Dr. Kimbrough will thoroughly examine your overbite condition as well as recommend the best course of treatment tailored to your needs.