An overbite is a type of malocclusion in which the upper and lower jaws don’t fit properly. Kids with overbites have a more protruding upper jaw which completely covers the front teeth.
This alignment issue doesn’t just lead to changes in your appearance or lower confidence levels. It can lead to a lot of pain while chewing food and difficulty opening or closing the mouth.
As a result, many parents turn to orthodontics in order to correct their children’s overbites. One of the most effective ways to fix an overbite is through braces in Alexandria.
How Do Braces Fix an Overbite?
First, the orthodontist will inspect the teeth's alignment and take an x-ray to determine the severity of the overbite. Based on this assessment, they can establish the best treatment path for the child's case.
The braces brackets will be attached to the top, and lower arches of the teeth and are then connected by wires. The orthodontist will use these wires to slowly tighten the braces, which applies pressure to the teeth and pulls them into their most optimal position, effectively removing the overbite.
The treatment may also involve the use of small rubber bands, which can shift the jawline’s position if it’s necessary.
Can Braces Fix All Types of Overbites?
Braces are a good solution for most types of overbites, but there are exceptions.
There are two main types of overbites:
Dental overbites are usually perfectly treatable with braces since correcting them is simply a matter of repositioning the teeth. But in the case of skeletal overbites, the malocclusion is caused by an issue with the jaw bone.
Sometimes, skeletal overbites can be addressed through braces. More severe cases may require surgery or a combination of surgery and orthodontics to be fully corrected.
Are There Other Ways to Correct Overbites?
Teenagers and even adults might not be too excited about the possibility of braces. Most often, this type of treatment will require months or even years, so you may be wondering if there are alternative options available.
Some types of mild to moderate cases of overbites can be fixed with clear aligners like Invisalign. Like braces, these clear aligners apply constant pressure to the teeth, allowing them to move their position and reduce the appearance of the overbite.
Whether you’re interested in overbite treatment for you or your child, the best way to find out what will work best is to schedule an orthodontic appointment.
Schedule a Visit at Kingstowne Dental Specialists Today
If you or your child are dealing with an overbite, Robert Marzban, DDS, MDS is here to help the entire family get a perfect and healthy smile!
Schedule an orthodontics consultation at Kingstowne Dental Specialists, and come find out if braces are right for you!
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