Can I Get Veneers With An Overbite?
Many of us are wanting to rejuvenate our smile with cosmetic dentistry. We long to regain that long lost confidence we had in our smile, and we will go to any lengths to get it back. Porcelain veneers are at the forefront of oral cosmetics. These thin shells of porcelain are bonded to the front of our teeth to help mask, and give us our beautiful smiles. But when people have biting conditions like a severe overbite, are dental veneers still recommended? In this article we will discuss why they are not recommended, and how patients with severe overbites can get porcelain veneers through time.
What is an Overbite?
Overbite medically refers to the extent of vertical overlap of the maxillary central incisors (front teeth) over the mandibular central incisors, measured relative to the incisal edges. The term overbite does not refer to a specific condition, nor is it a form of malocclusion.
How Can You Correct An Overbite?
There are two main ways in which an overbite can be corrected. One way is through traditional braces or Invisalign treatment where the vertical component of your bite is altered to create a more normal and natural occlusion. This is normally preceded by your orthodontist using wires to straighten your teeth first.
Another way in which an overbite can be fixed is through a process called full mouth reconstruction. This involves a careful method of crowning or capping the majority of your teeth (if not all of them) to help open up your bite. This treatment is usually recommended for patients with severe grinding habits, and those with severely broken down teeth. For the common person with healthy teeth and an overbite problem, Invisalign and traditional braces is usually recommended.
What Causes An Overbite?
These are many causes in developing an overbite, but the main cause is usually genetics. The way your teeth and jaw form through your life ultimately determine how your teeth come together. Other factors that cause an overbite include trauma to your teeth or jaw, and other environmental factors.
Will Overbites Get Worse With Age?
Usually they will because your teeth will begin to wear down over time. As your teeth wear down your overbite condition may get worse, which is why its recommended to take the advice of your cosmetic dentist, and fix this problem early on in your life. Your dentist or orthodontist will give you their best recommendations to alleviate this issue, and the process of fixing your overbite condition may be faster than you thought.
How Long Does It Take To Fix An Overbite?
This usually depends on what kind of treatment your dentist recommends. If you decide to get braces, the process will usually take anywhere between 18-24 months to fix your overbite. If your teeth are broken or worn down, and crowns are used to fix your overbite, your overbite condition can be improved in as little as 6 months.
What Problems Can An Overbite Cause?
Overbites can cause a myriad of problems not limited to the following:
- Airway Problems
- Damage To Your Teeth
- Speech Problems
- Gum Disease
- Chewing Problems
- Facial Deformities (changes to your faces shape)
- Snoring problems
How Can An Overbite Affect Your Dental Veneers?
Since such a large overlap occurs with your top and bottom teeth when you have an overbite, your teeth put extra pressure on each other (more than someone that has a normal bite). If dental veneers are placed on a patient with an overbite, they will have a high likelihood of fracturing or coming off because of the extra pressure that these patients put on their teeth.
Our recommendation if you are eager to get cosmetic dentistry and you have an overbite: Start with traditional braces or Invisalign first, and then once your bite is corrected, move onto getting your glowing smile with dental veneers or lumineers.