What is an Overbite?

Overbites happen when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth. Oftentimes, an overbite can appear to be a problem with crooked teeth when, in fact, the person’s teeth and jaws are not lining up correctly.

Overbites are easier to correct in children and teenagers since their jaws are still developing.

A lot of people don’t realise that they have an overbite, as they believe their condition is not serious enough to seek dental attention. This could also be because other cases of overbites are so minor to be noticeable.

What Happens If I Don’t Treat It?

Untreated overbites may lead to the following dental problems:

  1. Bottom front teeth may harm the gums above the top front teeth
  2. Speech impediments
  3. May cause jaw problems
  4. Unattractive smile

Overbite Correction Treatments

For Children and Teenagers

  • Removal of baby teeth to make room for permanent teeth to grow in straight
  • Growth modification device – helps to position the jaw
  • Braces – move the teeth to correct the overbite as well as the jaw
  • Retainers – a device used after braces that help to keep the teeth in place

For Adults

  • Braces – move the teeth to fix an overbite
  • Teeth extraction – dentists try to avoid this procedure but will do this in very severe cases to allow the teeth to move
  • Surgery – jaw problems for bone-type overbites can only be corrected with surgery for adults

Benefits of Treating Overbites

  • Straighter teeth and better bite
  • More attractive smile & improved facial appearance
  • Healthier teeth and gums

Overbite must be fixed as soon as possible. It’s never too late to correct your bite and your smile.

For any bite problems or malocclusions, don’t hesitate to see your dentist immediately.

To know more about the causes and effects of overbite to your oral health, visit your Forster dentist today here at Forster Dental Centre.

Our top-notch orthodontics treatments offer high-quality solutions to various factors that affect your smile and the aesthetics of your teeth.

Your Local Dentist in Forster

At Forster Dental Centre, we provide each patient with the care that allows them to maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for life!

We offer an extensive range of dental services from preventative dentistry to restorative dental options along with the latest in cosmetic dentistry solutions for straighter and whiter teeth.

We pride ourselves on listening to the needs and concerns of all our patients and aim to provide you with the personalised attention you and your family deserves.

Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Forster

Call us on (02) 6555 5554 or book your appointment online here.

We are located at 1st Floor Forster Tower, 12 Wallis St in Forster.

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