Many of us think that overbite problems’ correction is something which is difficult to achieve, requires lot of efforts and time. So, most people ignores it. But orthodontic expert’s orthodontists believe and suggest all oral patients that an overbite must be corrected as soon as possible as it could cause significant health complications for you. To understand overbite problems we must know what an overbite is and how it is caused. It is important because your overbite might seem like it is just a small physical flaw but ignoring your overbite can lead to a slippery slope of health concerns.
Not sure what exactly an overbite is?
Overbite medically referred as a malocclusion. When the upper jaw overlaps your lower jaw, this is an overbite. For some patients it could be possible to have a slight overbite of just one or two millimeters but others may have more serious overbite problems.
Causes of Overbite
Genetics can play a major role in whether you have an overbite or not, but certain poor quality and bad habits can also contribute to the overbite problem. Thumb sucking is one of the example. If your child constantly sucks thumb in their mouth this could also lead to overbite due to the constant pushing of upper teeth and bone into a more forward position while the thumb itself pushes the lower teeth back.
An overbite can merely seem to be a problem with crooked teeth when in fact the person’s teeth and jaws are not lining up properly. Overbite problems can often be hereditary, with few people being born with malformed jaws that developed in an uneven manner.
In teens and adults, chewing of writing utensils, such as pencils or other objects, chronic nail-biting could cause an overbite. As per American Dental Association, nearly 70% of kids exhibit the signs of having an overbite.
Few other causes for an overbite are:
- Grinding teeth
- (TMJ) Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Be aware if you don’t treat Overbite!
Overbites problem is already complicated and if left untreated then be ready for any severe complication because overbite cause significant health issues including possible jaw pain, irreparable damage to teeth from abnormal positioning, d including temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) and so on.
Overbite Treatment Options:
Usually, a dentist will refer patients with an overbite to an orthodontist for better treatment options. The most common issue is crowding of teeth in children and teens. While many adults led to the more severe symptoms associated with overbites due to the lack of preventative treatment early in life. Here at orthodontic experts we have variety of orthodontic treatment options to correct and fix overbite problems but before starting your treatment an Initial x-rays will be taken to determine the type of overbite and the relationship between teeth and jaw in determining the best possible treatment for you.
Here are few of the treatments your dentist or orthodontist may recommend correcting an overbite issue:
Children and Teens Treatment options
- To make room for permanent teeth to grow in straight your orthodontist might remove baby teeth.
- Using Growth modification device that helps to better position the jaw can be an option for correcting overbite.
- Braces for kids and teen slowly move the teeth to correct the overbite and the jaw.
- Retainers are used post-braces treatment that helps to keep the teeth in place.
Adults Treatment Options
- Braces for adults move only the teeth to correct an overbite
- Teeth removal is also an option for overbite correction but usually dentists and orthodontists try to avoid this procedure. In very severe overbite cases teeth removal necessary because it allows the teeth more freedom to move
- Jaw problems for skeletal-type overbites can only be corrected with surgery for adults. That’s why your orthodontist might suggest you Jaw surgery.
If you tired of your overbite and it is causing issues, you must make an appointment with your orthodontist for treatment. Whether you are child, teen or an adult the best way to prevent dental problems from occurring is to make sure you visit your dentist early and often. Your dentist will recommend a checkup for children by at least the age of 7 to detect an overbite.
Adults should get regular checkups every six months to make sure early intervention to avoid the potentially severe physical repercussions of leaving an overbite untreated. Orthodontic Experts has experienced and specialist orthodontists. Schedule an appointment now to discuss potential treatment options that may be suitable for you or your loved one.