An overbite is when your upper teeth protrude forward past your lower teeth. Overbites can be caused by genetics, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, pacifier use, prolonged bottle feeding, or jaw alignment issues. An overbite is more than just a cosmetic concern, as it can lead to uneven tooth wear, speech problems, jaw pain, and other issues. Luckily, there are different options for correcting an overbite.
Conventional braces use metal brackets and wires to straighten and align your teeth. They also work for correcting both overbites and underbites by placing pressure on your jaw to slowly force it into proper alignment. Braces are most commonly worn by children and teenagers whose jaws are still growing, but adults can benefit from conventional braces too. We will determine how long you or your child need to wear braces for, and once the braces are removed, it might be necessary to wear a retainer for a while as well to make sure the jaw does not revert back into the overbite position.
Clear aligners such as Invisalign are an alternative to traditional braces, and can be especially appealing to adults who do not want to wear metal braces because of the way they look. Invisalign and similar treatments use a series of clear plastic trays to gradually align your teeth. In addition to straightening crooked or overlapping teeth, clear aligners can also be used to correct an overbite.
Sometimes, an overbite can be the result of overcrowding. If you have overcrowded teeth, extracting one or more can help the rest of your teeth re-align to their proper position. This allows your jaw to align normally as well, correcting the overbite.
For severe overbites, especially in adults since their jaws have stopped growing, braces and aligners might not be successful. In these cases, surgery may be necessary to align an uneven jaw. If you or your child has an overbite and want to discuss treatment options, call us today at (702) 270-2999.