How to Fix Your Overbite

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Learn how to fix your overbite, as well as the difference between an overbite vs. underbite, and what methods your orthodontist may use to correct your overbite. 

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If you’re wondering how to fix an overbite you aren’t pigeonholed to just one solution. First and foremost it is important to talk to your dentist and see if overbite correction is even necessary in your case. 

What is an Overbite?

An overbite is where the upper front teeth significantly overlap the lower front teeth when the jaws are closed. It occurs when there is excessive vertical overlap between the upper and lower jaw, causing the upper teeth to protrude further forward than the lower teeth. An overbite can lead to issues such as difficulty biting and chewing food, speech problems, jaw pain, and uneven teeth wear.

What Causes an Overbite?

There are a few causes of an overbite. Most cases will be due to genetics however, you can also develop an overbite as an infant from sucking on a thumb or overusing bottles, or from pacifiers. Teens and adults can get an overbite from habits like biting pens and pencils, grinding their teeth, or excessive tongue thrusting. A less controllable way people develop an overbite is from Temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

What Are the Options to Correct an Overbite?

1. Braces

 Braces will correct your overbite in a few steps.

    • At first, braces are attached to your teeth with metal bars that help straighten your teeth. 
    • Once your teeth are straight small elastic bands will be attached to your braces which over time will shift your jaw to the right position. 
    • Finally, you’ll get your braces off and wear a retainer to maintain the correction. Most dentists will recommend you wear your retainer for about two years after your braces come off, and keep your teeth and retainer clean

2. Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are an alternative to braces. It’s great for people who don’t want braces to change their appearance during the correction period. Invisalign treats overbite by using multiple translucent trays that gradually mold the teeth to their correct position. As you wear them and progress, your orthodontist will switch you to different trays to completely correct your overbite. Invisalign can be a more expensive option than braces, but many people prefer them because they are invisible, less obvious, and have a shorter overbite correction timeline.

3. Surgery

If a misaligned jawbone causes your overbite, it may require surgery. This method is meant for adults. Children are still developing, so it’s much easier to shift their teeth with braces, thus not requiring surgery. 

4. Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction for fixing overbite is used when the teeth are overcrowded. By removing some teeth, other teeth can move into their normal position. And when the teeth are in the correct position, the jaw is aligned correctly. 

What is the Difference Between an Overbite and Underbite?

First, you should know the difference between an overbite and an underbite. Simply put, an overbite is when your upper teeth overlap and extend past your lower teeth, while an underbite is when your lower teeth extend past your upper teeth. 

No matter how or why you or your child may have an overbite, there are some simple ways to fix it. It just takes time. See your dentist today to discuss the options mentioned in this article to see what might be best for you. We can’t wait to see your beautiful smile!

Overbite FAQs

The symptoms of an overbite can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Common symptoms include the upper front teeth significantly overlapping the lower front teeth, which can be visibly noticeable. Some individuals may experience difficulty biting and chewing food properly due to the misalignment of the jaws. It can cause some speech problems, such as lisping or difficulty pronouncing certain sounds, can also occur. An overbite can sometimes lead to jaw pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and headaches.

Additionally, uneven wear of the teeth, tooth sensitivity, and increased risk of dental problems like cavities or gum disease may be present. If you suspect you have an overbite or are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a dental professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment recommendations.

Correcting an overbite naturally can be challenging, as it typically requires professional intervention. However, there are some techniques you can try. Tongue posture is important, so try to rest the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth. This can help promote proper jaw alignment over time. Jaw exercises, such as gently opening and closing your mouth, can strengthen the jaw muscles and improve the bite. Chewing sugarless gum can aid in jaw muscle development as well.

Additionally, practicing good oral posture, which involves keeping your lips together and teeth lightly touching, may encourage proper alignment. However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified dentist or orthodontist to determine the most appropriate treatment options for your specific overbite condition. They can provide professional guidance and recommend appropriate interventions such as braces, aligners, or even corrective jaw surgery, if necessary.

An overbite is a relatively common dental condition and can occur in varying degrees in many individuals. In most cases, it is considered a normal variation in dental alignment rather than a pathological condition. However, if the overbite is severe or causes functional issues, it may require attention and treatment. Aesthetic concerns are also a reason some individuals seek correction.

It’s important to consult with a dental professional to assess the severity of the overbite and determine if any intervention is necessary for oral health, function, or personal preference.

To determine if you have an overbite, it’s best to consult a dental professional who can perform a thorough examination. They will evaluate the alignment of your teeth and jaws, take measurements, and analyze your bite to determine if you have an overbite or other dental issues.