An overbite, commonly called a deep bite, is a common type of misalignment characterized by upper teeth that disproportionately protrude over lower teeth. A slight overbite isn’t much of an issue, but Brandon Orthodontics may recommend treatment for a severe overbite.
After a brief visual exam, your orthodontist can diagnose an overbite and help you decide if you should correct it and how to do so. Brandon Orthodontics may take X-rays during your first visit to see how your teeth align and if any other issues need correction.
An overbite can occur naturally as part of your facial anatomy. Sometimes, overbites run in families.
In other cases, overbites develop over time because of habits and behaviors. An overbite can develop or get worse over time because of:
You’ll know if you or your child has an overbite because of the way it looks. Even if you don’t catch on, your family dentist will tell you if they notice signs of an overbite or habits that could cause one.
The primary reason why most people choose to correct an overbite or take steps to prevent one is the way it affects their appearance. Straighter, better-aligned teeth are generally more attractive and complement any facial shape. However, some other issues can arise from an overbite and drive you to seek treatment. They include:
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if you want to treat your overbite or start phase 1 treatment for your child’s overbite. Brandon Orthodontics can help you decide on a course of treatment that works for you.
Overbite correction or prevention at Brandon Orthodontics may involve one or more of the following techniques:
Palate expanders are a part of phase 1 orthodontic treatment that position your child’s jaw as they grow.
Braces are brackets that go on your teeth with a wire threaded through them. Gradually, with regular tightening appointments, they shift your teeth into better alignment.
Invisalign is an alternative to braces if you prefer something more discreet. It uses a series of transparent, custom aligners that place pressure on your teeth to move them.
If you notice your child developing an underbite, or if you have one, call Brandon Orthodontics or request a consultation online today.