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What You Need to Know About Overbites

Does your upper set of teeth overlap the lower, and shows more prominently in a smile? If so, you have a form of dental malocclusion called overbite. Here are three important things you should know about overbites:

# 1 It’s not all in the genes.

If overbites run in your family, chances are you’ve inherited the condition. However, overbites can also develop as a result of bad childhood oral habits, such as long-term pacifier or bottle use, nail biting, tongue thrusting, and thumb sucking. These all exert pressure on the roof of the mouth, altering healthy teeth formation.

# 2 Not only looks are affected.

Everyone has it to a certain degree but in severe cases that include crowded or crooked tooth, the condition becomes more than just a cosmetic issue; it can lead to problems affecting your overall oral health. You may experience discomfort in the jaw and gums, particularly during chewing. Enamel erosion is hastened when teeth overlap. Overbites also increase the risk of bacterial infection and eventually, tooth loss.

# 3 It can be corrected.

There are two types of overbites: skeletal and dental. In skeletal, the problem is the size of the bone itself and can only be corrected with surgery. Whereas, in a dental overbite, merely the upper set of teeth protrudes and can be treated with orthodontic braces, such as Invisalign. Unlike traditional versions, Invisalign is barely visible and is removable, allowing you to eat comfortably and practice oral hygiene.

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April 18, 2015 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry | , ,

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