An overbite is a dental condition in which the upper part of the jaw is misaligned over the lower jaw, causing the top row of teeth to protrude beyond those on the bottom. This condition is the opposite of an underbite, which is where the lower jaw sticks out beyond the upper jaw. Overbites are quite common, and many people have them in small degrees. It is usually only a problem when the misalignment is noticeable, which can be aesthetically off-putting and can cause pain in the jaw and possible speech problems.
What Causes an Overbite?
An overbite is known in the medical world as a type of malocclusion, which is another word for “misalignment.” Genetics are typically to blame with this sort of problem, or children who suck their thumbs as their adult teeth are forming may also increase their risk.
How Can it Effect Your Oral Health?
A majority of overbites are more of an aesthetic-related problem rather than a more serious one. When the condition is extreme, though, can affect a person’s bite, which can lead to jaw pain and increased wear and tear on the tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and a higher chance of developing gum disease. Also, in rare cases, overbites can lead to speech impediments.
How is an Overbite Treated?
Overbites can be easily identified by your Atlanta dentist. Dental braces are the most widely practiced corrective treatment for overbites, with the idea of realigning the teeth and jawline by applying gentle force over time. Another option is Invisalign, a treatment option with a series of clear, custom-made aligners that slowly move your teeth over time. Invisalign is perfect for patients who want more perfectly aligned teeth, but may feel too old for braces as a treatment option.
the team at Artistic Dentistry of Atlanta is dedicated to exceeding each of our patients expectations, at each and every visit. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your appointment for a bite analysis and to discuss treatment options with Dr. Vanstrom.