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Your Overbite Guide: Causes and Treatment Methods

For decades the Gentle Dental has been helping patients suffering from malocclusion and orthodontic problems quickly, effectively and comfortably.

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Overjet and underbite:

An overbite is identified when the teeth in the upper jaw protrude over the bottom teeth by (30-50%).

Medically, this is known as a malocclusion, which can be corrected via cosmetic or orthodontic procedures.

Overbites sometimes may appear as crooked teeth, when in reality there could be a misalignment of the teeth and jaws.

An overjet is when the upper front teeth protrude outwards, this can often be referred to as buck teeth where the horizontal relationship between the upper and lower incisors.

This dental condition is characterised by the lower teeth extending outwards further than the teeth located in the upper jaw.

These are often referred to as a Class III malocclusion, which can create a bulldog-like appearance.

Both are often caused by genetics as the condition is hereditary. However, overbites can also be caused by bad habits such as thumb sucking.

Other causes of the condition include teeth grinding and TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction).

Treatment options for overjet and underbite:

Often, patients are referred to us to undergo orthodontic treatment.

This is because we work with the patient on an individual basis to tailor a treatment plan that improves their oral health as well as aesthetics.

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The consequences of ignoring the problem

As orthodontists, we know far too well the complications overbites, underbites and overjets can cause if left untreated.

Often posing a greater risk to your oral health, irreparable damage can occur in the mouth due to the abnormal positioning of the teeth and the alignment of the jaw.

Overbite complications include:

  • Tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, worn enamel
  • Pain in the jaw, painful headaches
  • Discomfort when eating
  • Speech problems, altered face structure
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