An overbite is a dental concern that occurs when the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth. This sometimes causes the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. Problems often associated with an overbite include a gummy smile, protruding lips, and excessive tooth wear. San Ramon, California dentist Dr. Scott McElroy can provide comprehensive orthodontic care for an overbite. It is important to correct the alignment of your jaw or teeth for a healthier and more stable smile.
Over Bite FAQs
What causes an overbite?
Overbites are often hereditary, but they may also develop from poor oral habits, including nail-biting and childhood thumbsucking. During the developmental years, these habits can cause uneven growth.
Why correct an overbite?
An uncorrected overbite can cause an array of problems, including:
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Difficulty speaking and chewing
- Tooth wear and damage
- Sleep apnea
- Chronic jaw pain
Do overbites worsen with age?
Yes, if overbites are not treated jaw pain and speech issues especially worsen over time. Addressing an overbite earlier than later ensures the prevention of future dental problems.
At what age should an overbite be corrected?
Overbites can be treated at any age, however, it is easier to treat children between the ages of 8 and 14. Early treatment can prevent or minimize further dental complications.
Can you fix an overbite without surgery?
Braces, orthodontic appliances, and Invisalign may be used to treat an overbite. However, patients with severe overbite may need jaw surgery due to tissue damage. We provide all of these treatments to patients and offer consultation and examination to determine the right solution.
What measurements constitute an overbite?
A deep overbite overlaps 4-6mm or more. 3mm or less is a normal overbite that can be treated with orthodontics. A severe overbite is marked by the upper teeth completely covering the lower teeth.
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