How to Treat and Prevent Overbites

Posted on Jul 12, 2012

How to Treat and Prevent Overbites

Your orthodontic experts at HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist and your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, aim to educate you on issues that may arise with your child’s teeth. Here’s a quick Q&A about one of the most common jaw/tooth alignment problems: an overbite.

What does an overbite look like?

There are two types of overbites: vertical and horizontal. A vertical overbite occurs when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth too much and a horizontal overbite (overjet) describes upper teeth that protrude too much.

How does an overbite happen?

Genetics are one cause of overbites, but habits such as thumb sucking, pencil chewing, tongue thrusting (pushing the tongue against the back of the teeth when swallowing) and nail biting can be responsible for overbites.

Why should I be concerned about an overbite?

Aside from aesthetic issues, an overbite can cause damage to the upper front teeth, including the gums and roots, and cause jaw pain and jaw clicking.

What can I do about an overbite?

Functional appliances and retainers can be used in combination to improve an overbite in both adults and children. Braces may be worn for several years to correct and maintain the bite.

Can you describe the process of fixing an overbite in detail?

Classic orthodontic treatment for overbites occur in two stages. Stage 1 involves just simply straightening the teeth and stage 2 deals specifically with the overbite itself. Both stages require braces and the length of treatment depends on the severity of the overbite.

What is the success rate of the treatment?

The success rate is very high, but it does depend on the severity of the overbite and age of patient.

Contact HGS Ortho, your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist, to book an appointment or if you have further questions about orthodontics and overbites.