An overbite can develop in multiple ways. Genetics play an important role in the alignment of your teeth. In addition, habits you develop as a child, like thumb- or extended pacifier-sucking, can affect your bite.
No matter the root of the problem, overbites can be corrected. However, the type of solution depends on the extent of the overbite. If you suspect that you or someone you love has an overbite, give us a call. We can assess the condition and determine what action should be taken.
It is important not to ignore the problem, since overbites, if left untreated, can lead to further complications in the future.
Problems Associated with Overbites
In addition to the cosmetic implications of an overbite, there are many functional problems associated with the misalignment of teeth. Your overbite can interfere with your chewing and the processing of your food. This can lead to a variety of other problems.
Overbites can make cleaning your teeth more challenging, which can lead to gingivitis, tooth decay, and cavities. In more serious situations, an overbite can cause stress to the teeth and tooth fractures.
Treatment Options for Overbite Correction
Depending on the severity of the overbite, there are several treatment options available.
- Traditional Braces and Headgear – Traditional metal braces can help realign the teeth and correct the overbite. Headgear can also correct a serious overbite.
- Invisalign – Clear aligners can be an effective alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses a system of alignment trays that are custom-designed. Gradually, Invisalign causes the teeth to realign and can correct tooth abnormalities.
- Surgery – In some extreme cases of overbite, braces, Invisalign, and/or headgear won’t be effective. Another solution is minor surgery to remove or adjust the affected teeth.
If you have any questions about overbite correction or any of our other services across Utah County, contact us by clicking here. Trapnell Orthodontics has four locations, serving patients in Provo, Payson, Springville, and Spanish Fork.