Correcting An Overbite

overbiteAn overbite is a misalignment of the teeth and jaw that can cause problems with chewing and can also place excess stress on the jaw and joints. If an overbite is not corrected it can cause tooth enamel to wear down and may cause injury to the teeth and gums.

Most overbites are corrected using orthodontic braces. They are clear or metal brackets that are glued to the teeth.  Wires and bands connect the brackets and they are bent or tightened to move the teeth. Invisalign is another option which uses clear trays that fit over the teeth.  For some patients, there are other appliances that may promote growth of the lower jaw or reposition it to resolve the overbite.

If the overbite is severe enough surgery may be the only method for correction. This will allow the jaw bones to an ideal facial balance and correct your bite. The dentist, oral surgeon and orthodontist will coordinate treatment to help you achieve the best results.

An overbite is considered to be corrected when the upper and lower teeth fit correctly together and biting forces are evenly distributed over all of the teeth. Your teeth, gums and bones will function correctly and you will enjoy a better smile.

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