So you are curious about how to correct your overbite, but don’t know what methods skilled cosmetic dentists use to fix this problem. An overbite can influence your smile, hinder your chewing patterns, and subsequently damage your teeth. So how can you fix your problem? In this article, we will talk about how to fix an overbite, and address other related questions that you may have.
An overbite is when your upper teeth overlap over your bottom teeth. It is commonly a jaw related problem, but minor cases can be corrected with traditional dentistry. Some overbite cases range only a few millimeters, while more severe cases require jaw surgery to correct.
Is it bad to have an overbite?
An overbite can lead to many issues, some of them being non-dental in nature:
- It can lead to biting problems that can damage your teeth
- It can lead to speech difficulties
- It can lead to cosmetic issues lowering your self-confidence
- It can lead to breathing difficulties
- It can lead to gum disease and a susceptibility to dental cavities
How do you fix an overbite?
There are three ways an overbite can be corrected:
- Minor cases can be corrected with orthodontics (braces)
- Minor cases can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry (veneers and crowns)
- Major cases need to be corrected by a combination of braces and jaw surgery
A professional cosmetic dentist and orthodontist can let you know how severe your overbite case is, and what the best steps are to correct the problem. Most overbite cases will require some sort of orthodontic therapy to fully correct the problem.
Some cases can be corrected with a full mouth reconstruction with dental crowns, but if your teeth are healthy, jaw surgery in combination with braces is the more ideal solution.
Are overbites unattractive?
Most people with overbites can suffer from low self-esteem due to the cosmetic alignments of the teeth and jaws. If you are suffering from an overbite issue that’s leading to self-image problems please see a licensed clinician so you can address your issue as soon as possible.
What can happen if an overbite is not corrected?
An overbite can cause a myriad of problems inside the mouth. Let’s go over these now:
- Cosmetic concerns leading to low self-esteem
- TMJ problems including jaw popping and clicking
- Tooth damage because of biting and occlusion issues
- Susceptibility to caries
- Gum disease
- Breathing disability
As you can see, correcting an overbite can help you mentally as well as save you a tremendous amount of money down the road.
Can an individual correct an overbite themselves?
You cannot fix an overbite yourself. A trained clinician needs to properly diagnose your condition, and recommend the necessary treatment(s) that you need to correct the issue.
Do overbites get worse with age?
Overbites can get worse as you get older. As we age, our teeth begin to wear down possibly leading to a more aggressive overbite that becomes more difficult to correct. If you are suffering from an overbite, please see a licensed cosmetic dentist to evaluate your case. Help is right around the corner.
How long does it take to correct an overbite?
Most overbite cases take around two years to complete with comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Cases that are fixed with crowns are usually corrected within 6 months. If you are in need of additional jaw surgery (known as orthognathic surgery) in addition to braces and cosmetic work, the length of time to correct your overbite can be anywhere up to 3 years.
Correcting an overbite can be a life changing experience bring you the self-esteem and confidence that your life has been lacking. If you are suffering from an overbite, see a cosmetic dentist and orthodontist to quickly diagnose and correct the problem. If you are in Houston, our team would love to meet you and see how we can fix this issue together.