How to treat overbite?

Posted on August 23, 2013 in Dental Articles

Overbite, occurs when the upper teeth are located too far in front of the lower row of teeth. It can be caused bX2604-O-17ya variety of reasons, such as improper teeth alignment, bone deformities, and even poor oral habits. Some dentist and orthodontist may advise to consider correcting overbite which is usually done through modifications to the bone or usng orthodontic appliance, such as braces or a headgear.

In many cases, overbite can be diagnosed by a dental professional by the time the child turns seven or eight years old. A skilled orthodontist will determine when the treatment should begin, typically when all the adult teeth come in. In some cases, an orthodontist may begin treatment before the permanent teeth erupt to prevent damage to other teeth. Even if treatment begins while the baby teeth are still intact, it does not mean that treatment will not need to continue when the adult teeth erupt.

Treatment varies from person to person. Some factors that determine treatment include the severity of the condition, the cause of the condition, and the client’s age. Treatment may include using orthodontic hardware, such as headgear, braces, palatal expanders, rubber bands, and tooth extractions. If the overbite is the result of a bone deformity, jaw surgery may be required. Do consult your dentist as every case is different.