Overbites, underbites, cross bites and open bites are very common and can be easily treated here at our practice in East Molesey.
Overbites and underbites are very treatable.
We are one of Surrey’s top dentists offering the latest orthodontic treatments like Invisalign. We are an Invisalign Platinum Provider, meaning we treat more than 200+ patients with Invisalign per year.
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“We treat many patients who are uncomfortable or embarrassed about their overbite… Please don’t be; it is a very treatable condition. My patients have seen amazing results in less than 6 months.” Dr Ali Rifai
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How bad a problem is an under/overbite?
The severity of an underbite is primarily determined by the size of the protrusion.
The NHS have grades 1-4 but basically the larger the protrusion (over 4mm) the greater the possibility of having difficulties. These can include
- Chewing or biting down on food
- Talking or pronouncing certain words or syllables
- Side of face or jaw pain as the jaw is misaligned
- Possible nipping of gums or lips
- Slight facial appearance distortions
- Gum disease
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).
Some people develop an underbite naturally. There is no other reason than genetics; they were born that way.
Other people may have classically sucked their thumb, forcing upper teeth to protrude as the thumb hinders natural growth.
A dummy or child, pacifiers can also cause over and underbites if used to pass the age of three in children.
Another cause could be an early injury to the jaw. When the jaw bones heal incorrectly, the teeth will no longer align naturally, causing a protrusion
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Once our orthodontist has examined your teeth and gums, they will most likely recommend one of three procedures:
Fixed braces, traditional braces, or train tracks as they used to be known, have improved over the years and now come in various front and behind-the-teeth styles. They also come in a variety of colours. They are fixed onto the teeth. In addition, other clear-fixed and lingual braces to choose from that are cheaper.
Invisible braces like Invisalign come in a wide range, Full, Lite, i7 & Teen Clear Aligners. Invisalign are clear plastic braces that can be removed. This is because you replace last week's retainer with a new 'mould' as the treatment progresses. This process moves your teeth into the desired shape.
Jaw surgery is reserved for severe overbites that cannot be corrected with traditional orthodontic treatments. This is an expensive process. Some people develop an underbite naturally. Other people may have classically sucked their thumb, which forces upper teeth to protrude.