July 12th, 2018

Is an Overbite Serious?

An overbite can result in jaw pain and loss of enamel.

If you think you have an overbite, stop by Hodge Orthodontics on 2924 Kavanaugh Blvd. Dr. Hodge will help determine the best course of treatment for you.

Schedule a free consultation online: http://hodgeortho.com/schedule-free-consultation or call us at 501-916-2545

 

What is an overbite?

It is a malocclusion where the upper teeth stick out farther than the bottom teeth. Once the distance between your upper teeth from your bottom teeth reaches four to ten millimeters, treatment is needed.

While it might not seem serious, it can have a negative effect on your everyday life in many different ways.

  • Pain: Any kind of malocclusion risks being painful. Your top and bottom teeth are misaligned and you may begin to feel pain in your jaw.
  • The health of your teeth: This misalignment will prevent your upper teeth from sitting on your bottom teeth correctly. The unnatural setting will result in grinding and wearing down of the protective outer-layer of your teeth, the enamel.
  • Self-esteem: Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. However, if your overbite is the first thing you see every time you look in the mirror, it might be time for a fix.

All of these are directly related to the quality of your life. Don’t put off fixing your overbite. At Hodge Orthodontics, we understand your concerns. We are here to work with you to find a good solution. The treatment is likely much easier than you imagine.

 

How do you correct an overbite?

An overbite is corrected with orthodontics. There is no age limit for fixing an overbite. Many adults prefer using Invisalign treatment trays over metal braces. At Hodge Orthodontist we love helping our patients achieve a healthy smile.

Invisalign is a great option for adults. It is less noticeable than braces. Invisalign trays do require maintenance and disciplined use. So we don’t recommend them for children. However, for a responsible adult, Invisalign is a great alternative to braces.

Overbites are easier to fix in children while their jaw is still developing. We recommend that all children see an orthodontist at the age of seven. This is so we can see if there are any developing dental issues. The sooner we catch an overbite, the easier it is to correct.

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