Correcting an Overbite

overbiteOne of the most common reasons that people seek treatment with an Orthodontist is the presence of an overbite. An overbite, also known as a type of malocclusion and or an overjet, is a dental condition where the upper teeth extend forward, covering the lower teeth.

What Causes An Overbite?
There are a few causes of overbites, all of which are mostly natural. With the exception of one cause, they all may be unavoidable. Here are some common causes of overbites:

Habit – As the only avoidable cause, overbites may be a result of sucking on your thumb from a young age or even the use of a pacifier. These types of overbites are easy to fix, as just the teeth need to be repositioned.
Genetics – Your lower jaw may be underdeveloped, which is inherited from your parents or grandparents.
Positioning – Your upper teeth simply stick out farther than your lower teeth. This is essentially chance of positioning, and can be easily fixed like that of an overbite caused by habit.

Correcting Bad Habits
Habits are extremely important to address early, sometimes before any baby teeth have fallen out. An Orthodontist will generally have a few tricks up his or her sleeves to address habits like thumb sucking and or nail and lip biting that can contribute to significant overbites. These tricks may involve appliances or exercises. When the habit ceases, most overbites undergo some form of self-correction.

Treating An Overbite
Most overbites can be corrected with orthodontic treatment alone. However, in some severe cases, surgery may needed first in order to correct the formation of the upper jaw or extract some teeth to facilitate realignment.

Metal braces are the traditional way to correct an overbite. Often, headgear is necessary to facilitate the movement of the protruding teeth back into a more normal position.

Schedule A Consultation
For more information about treating overbites as well as other orthodontic problems, contact our office today at 203-292-6644.

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