If your upper teeth protrude over your lower teeth by a relatively large proportion when you bite down, then you are suffering from an underbite and need urgent help. Overbites or malocclusions as they are commonly referred to as, are caused by a number of factors. Some forms of malocclusions are hereditary while others are as a result of accidents and infections of teeth. There are two main types of overbites- Vertical overbites where the top teeth significantly overlap the bottom set and horizontal overbite where the top teeth protrude over the bottom teeth. Irrespective of the type of overbite though, there is a need to get medical treatment as soon as you can.
Left untreated, overbites can lead to various complications which can be detrimental. Overbites can result to irreparable damage to teeth and can lead to the development of severe temporomandibular joint disorders. It is therefore imperative to report any form of overbite to your dentist for help. The beauty about reporting overbites to your dentist is the fact that there are very many options available to treat the complications.
Here are 5 ways to deal with overbites–
- Orthodontic Braces
Braces are the most effective and most common treatment option available for correcting overbites. Braces work by restraining the movement of teeth and will realign the teeth into position such that the upper set of teeth and lower set of teeth don’t overlap by very big margins when one tries to close his/her mouth. Dental Braces are preferred by many because their effect is gradual and will give the bone holding teeth enough time to properly develop. There are very many types of braces that one can choose from and they are all very effective in correction of overbites.
2. Retainers and jaw expanders
When braces are not an option, like in children for example, retainers and jaw expanders are used to correct overbite. Retainers work just like braces and limit the protruding of teeth by guiding teeth to grow properly. They take a little longer than braces to take full effect but they are very effective as well. Jaw expanders stretch the bone and cartilage of the palate in order to expand a growing child’s arch and prevent overbites. Jaw expanders are very efficient as well and will get the overbite corrected in a little over a year.
3. Jaw Surgery
When the overbite is too severe, dentists look to jaw surgery to correct the complication. Although it is not loved by many because of how tedious it is, it is very effective and will get the job done in the shortest time possible. For the best results possible, the surgery is combined with braces and retainers to maintain the position of teeth and prevent any further overbites in future.
4. Treatment without Braces or Surgery –
The most ideal treatment would be deep overbite correction without braces, surgery or grinding on your healthy teeth. The best treatment would be non-surgical and non-invasive. By building a new ultra-thin layer of porcelain over the biting surface and the outside surfaces of the teeth, the patient has straight white teeth in just a matter of a couple of weeks that protects their healthy tooth enamel. This is ideal for many people not just because it is non-invasive but because it keeps one’s natural set of teeth.
5.Extraction of teeth-
In very severe cases, dentists are left with no choice but to extract some teeth to deal with the overbite. This is a very rare occurrence though in modern dentistry because every dentist tries as hard as he/she can to work with natural teeth without extracting them. When the overbites pose a great threat to not just your oral system but start affecting your neck muscles and trigger unexplained headaches, the dentist has no choice but to extract a few of the protruding teeth. The teeth are then replaced with new dentures which perfectly fit with the corresponding teeth in the lower or upper jaw.
Here at Vita Dental, we have wide array of treatment mechanisms aimed at correcting overbites. Before we settle on the most appropriate treatment option, we consider a number of factors and we almost always go for the option we deem the best. We listen to our patient’s needs and work as hard as we can to provide solutions that are comfortable for our clients.
If you are in Katy therefore and are struggling with overbites, do not hesitate to give us a call today or visit our dental offices for more information on our treatment options. All the above dental treatment options are available here at Vita Dental and we offer them at very affordable rates. You have no excuse therefore to keep suffering with that overbite. Pay us a visit today and we will provide a solution that will make your life better.