An Overbite is a common orthodontic problem. If your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth, you have an overbite and you may want to consider overbite correction.
The most common cause of an overbite is the shape or size of the jaw or teeth. Genetic and hereditary factors are the major causes of an overbite, however childhood habits such as extensive thumb sucking, prolonged bottle feeding and tongue thrusting can can also exacerbate underlying genetic traits to increase an overbite.
Yes, an overbite is a completely normal occurrence and nearly everybody has one. A small amount of overlap is normal for everybody. However, a problematic overbite that requires correction occurs when your overbite is either too small or too large. A problematic overbite results in a varying degree of difficulty when it comes to chewing or speaking and can also lead to pain, excessive tooth wear, and aesthetic issues. A problematic overbite needs to be addressed by a professional. If you think you have an overbite, a consultation with an orthodontist is the first step. Overbite correction will be key to your treatment.
There are two main ways of categorising an overbite. These are dental overbites and skeletal overbites:
If left untreated, an overbite can cause significant health complications including:
Orthodontists are often asked if Invisalign treatment can fix an overbite. The answer is yes! After an examination, your orthodontist can diagnose the severity of your overbite and suggest the best method for correction. For most people at Clear Smiles Orthodontics that means Invisalign Clear Aligners but sometimes, the overbite occurs due to a malformed jaw, so surgery may be required.
For Kids, aside from unavoidable genetic and hereditary factors, the major causes are the same childhood habits mentioned above that lead to problematic overbites later in life. For teens, overcrowded teeth is the most common problem causing an overbite. Fortunately, correction of overbites for kids and teens tend to be easier due to the jaw still being in a growth phase. It is important that your child sees an orthodontist as early as possible as they will help you make the right decision about how to treat your child’s overbite. Dr Semaan offers free orthodontic observation and treatment plans for kids and teens on the Gold Coast. You can book your child into his Robina clinic online today.
Doctors use a percentage to describe overbites, and a 5 to 25 percent overbite is ideal. This translates to a measurement range that is around 2 – 4mm for the average overbite that remains aesthetically appealing. If you think you have an overbite as an adult, or aren’t happy with how your teeth look, your first step is to seek the opinion of a specialist orthodontist. Clear Smiles Orthodontics offers free orthodontic consultations on the Gold Coast and Dr Semaan can put you to ease about the severity of your overbite and develop a personalised overbite correction treatment plan for you.