Braces for Overbite to Enhance Your Smile
By Patrick Casey on July 12, 2018
There are several different types of malocclusion that can detract from the beauty of your smile. One of the most common is an overbite, a condition characterized by an excessive overlap of the lower teeth by the upper front teeth.
Today, our team at Smile Montreal in Montreal, QC discusses how braces can be used to correct an overbite to deliver a beautiful, dazzling smile. Read on to learn more about how orthodontics at our practice can help you achieve the appearance you desire.
More about Overbite
Everyone has some degree of overbite. An individual with normal occlusion has an overbite of about two to three millimeters. This means that the upper front teeth cover approximately one-third of the lower front teeth when in a closed position.
A patient with a “deep” bite, or vertical overbite, has an overlap of more than three millimeters. In some cases, the bite is so deep that the lower teeth touch the roof of the mouth.
An overbite causes more than just aesthetic concerns. When malocclusion is present, it can have a negative impact on your chewing function as well as your overall oral health. Therefore, it is important to have the condition assessed by a dentist as soon as possible.
What Causes an Overbite?
Many cases of overbite are due to hereditary factors. If you have a parent or grandparent with the condition, you are much more likely to have it as well.
In some cases, certain childhood behaviors can have an impact on your bite. For example, prolonged pacifier or bottle use can cause overbite, as well as tongue-thrusting and thumb-sucking.
Correcting an Overbite in Children
Fortunately, correcting an overbite in children can often be a straightforward process, particularly if the condition is diagnosed at a young age.
If your child is still in the growth and development stage, early orthodontics can sometimes address the issue without the need for more invasive treatments later on. This may include a variety of orthodontic appliances, including traditional braces, headgear, palatal expanders, and more.
It is important to understand that the type of treatment recommended for your child will depend on the complexity of the case. During an initial consultation at our practice, your doctor will explore your options with you in more detail.
Correcting an Overbite in Adults
Because adults have fully developed jaws, correcting an overbite can be a bit more challenging. While some may be able to address the malocclusion with Invisalign®, most will require traditional metal braces to fully correct the bite. This typically means wearing braces for approximately 18 to 24 months. Once treatment is complete, however, the result is a healthier, more functional, more beautiful smile.
In some cases, severe overbite may require orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery. This type of treatment will not be recommended for everyone, but it can significantly benefit those who need it.
If this treatment is necessary for your case, we will work alongside a trusted oral surgeon to provide you with the highest level of care possible.
Contact Us for More Information
If you are ready to correct your overbite, schedule a consultation at our practice to explore your treatment options. We can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile for many years to come. Contact us online or call us at (514) 937-6558.
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