An overbite causes most people to feel self conscious about their appearance. The condition occurs when your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth. Most overbites are easily corrected with one of many solutions available.
So how can I tell if I have an overbite that needs treatment?
Normal vs. Severe Overbite
Class I Overbite
Many patients have a slight overbite that overlaps about a third to a half of the lower bite. Typically, treatment of a class I overbite is not necessary unless you are unhappy with your appearance.
Class II Overbite
Treatment is usually recommended for a moderate to severe overbite, known as a class II overbite or malocclusion, because it places you at higher risk of oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
What does a severe overbite look like?
Look at Your Side Profile TO DETERMINE IF YOU MAY SUFFER FROM MALOCCLUSION
Early Childhood Habits CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK OF AN OVERBITE
Some patients develop an overbite by no fault of their own. However, there are certain habits that may increase your risk, including:
- Prolonged pacifier use
- Tongue thrusting
- Nail biting
These habits exude repetitive force on the teeth and jaw, causing them to shift in ways that can require extensive and costly therapy.
What else causes overbites?
Some Causes ARE BEYOND YOUR CONTROL
Some patients have an underdeveloped lower jaw or overdeveloped upper jaw due to genetics, resulting in an overbite.
Abnormal Tooth Eruption
If teeth erupt improperly, or if you have extra or abnormally shaped teeth, they can cause an overbite to develop.
During Your Exam At Elegant Dental Care Dr Sohn Will Check Your Bite To Determine If You Have An Overbite
It is common for Dr Sohn in many cases to quickly identify an overbite visually. Dr Sohn will perform a physical dental exam of your bite to diagnose the condition. Dr Sohn may take 3-D image of your teeth and jaw using Elegant Dental Care’s state of the art CBCT 3D Imaging equipment. This scan will aide Dr Sohn in determining the type and severity of your overbite.
Schedule an Exam with Dr Sohn
If you have an overbite or are unhappy with your smile, please schedule a consultation with Dr Sohn. Treating your overbite can help prevent excessive wear on your teeth, relieve pain, and help you feel more confident in your smile.