An overbite is a common dental condition wherein the upper portion of the jaw is misaligned over the lower jaw, causing the upper front teeth to extend beyond the lower front teeth. Most people have slight overbites, which do not require treatment. However, for those who have significant overbites wherein the upper dental arch projects too far ahead of the teeth of the lower dental arch, orthodontic treatment is highly recommended.
An overbite can be caused by genetics, abnormalities in the jawbone or by poor chewing habits. Anyone with a significant overbite can experience a host of problems including:
- Jaw pain
- Increased wear and tear on tooth enamel
- Increased chance of tooth decay
- Increased chance of developing gum disease
- Speech interference
- Changes in the structure and appearance of the face, mouth, and smile
- Low self-esteem due to being unhappy with the overall appearance of the mouth and smile
Today's modern orthodontic braces like those used by our Vienna and Great Falls, VA orthodontist can be used to treat overbites. It's best to treat an overbite earlier rather than later to ensure optimal dental health. Treating an overbite in children is especially helpful since future dental health issues can be avoided early on.
Most overbites can be treated successfully with braces using brackets, wires, elastics and carefully applied pressure wherein the positions of the teeth are adjusted for more ideal alignment. In some cases where improperly aligned teeth cause an overbite, Invisalign can be an effective treatment option to use.
If you or your child has an overbite and you would like to find out what your treatment options are, contact our Northern Virginia orthodontic practice to set up your complimentary consultation. During this visit, we will provide you with a thorough examination and a follow-up discussion about your treatment options so that you have a clear understanding of what to expect from us. Our friendly team will gladly answer all your questions and will speak candidly with you about your diagnosis and recommended treatment.