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. 

First, talk to your dentist about overbite!

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. Let’s talk about the options to correct an overbite. 

  • 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
  • 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 and therefore less obvious, and have a shorter overbite correction timeline.
  • Surgery – If your overbite is caused by a misaligned jawbone, 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. 
  • 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. 

Overbite vs. 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. 

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.

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!