An overbite is when the top front teeth which normally overlap the lower ones do so to a deep degree. This can be so extensive that the lower teeth are barely visible in a full grin.
Underbite refers to when the opposite happens: the lower front teeth close over the upper ones.
Both of these conditions can fall under the category of a “bad bite.”
Underbites and overbites are common in children and some individuals hold onto this jaw alignment well into adulthood. While mild cases might not seem so bad, there are some inherent risks:
If you or your child is living with either an underbite or overbite, you probably want to find a reliable solution.
Whatever you do, NEVER attempt any at-home or DIY treatments you may hear about! DIY braces are a recipe for trouble – perhaps even danger. It’s always best to consult your dentist or an orthodontist for practical solutions.
Young patients often benefit from a palatal expander which gradually encourages the upper teeth to match the alignment of the lower ones. Older patients are usually candidates for corrective surgery. “Facelift dentistry” is a cosmetic solution for a lot of adults with mild underbites.
When correcting teeth in an overbite, braces are the preferable option for kids. Adults usually enjoy the results of using an invisible aligner.
To find out which orthodontic option is right for your family’s situation, start out by talking with your orthodontist.
Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
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