There are several ways an overbite can be developed. Genetics can play an important role in the alignment of your teeth as can habits you develop as a child like thumb or extended pacifier sucking. No matter the root of the problem, overbites can be easily corrected and the best possible solution depends on the extent of the overbite, in some cases it may not even be necessary to correct the problem.
Problems Associated with Overbites
In addition the physical appearance of an overbite, there are many functional problems associated with the misalignment of teeth. The overbite can interfere with chewing and processing the food correctly before digestion which can lead to a variety of other problems.
Overbites can also cause cleaning the teeth to be more a challenge which leads to a greater chance of gingivitis, tooth decay and cavities. In more serious situation, an overbite can cause a great deal of stress to be applied to the teeth and cause tooth fractures.
Treatment Options for Overbite Correction
Depending on the severity of the overbite there are several treatment options available to patients with an overbite.
- Traditional Braces and Headgear– For years the most widely used overbite correction treatment was to insert traditional metal braces to help realign the teeth and correct the overbite. Headgear can be one the best ways to correct a serious overbite but has to worn for the majority of the day for up to 18 months.
- Invisalign- Clear aligners, like Invisalign, can be an effective alternative to traditional metal braces if the overbite is not very severe enough to call for headgear. Invisalign uses a system of alignment trays that are designed specifically for the patient in need. Each tray is worn for two weeks and then the Dentist or Orthodontist gives you the next tray. Slowly over time Invisalign causes the teeth to realign and correct tooth abnormalities.
- Surgery- In some extreme cases of overbite, braces, invisalign and headgear won’t help. In cases like these the only other solution is minor surgery to remove or adjust the affected teeth.
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