Causes and Treatments for Overbites

Many people go through life with a minor overbite that causes no issues. However, for others, an overbite can cause pain and other dental issues. We can help!

You might be surprised to learn that most people have at least a minor overbite. However, not everyone needs treatment. If you have been told you have an overbite or a deep bite, you will likely want to know more about what it means.

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What is an Overbite?

An overbite is medically referred to as a malocclusion. They are identified when the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth by a proportion of at least 30%. For some, their overbite can appear to be an issue with crooked teeth when it is, in fact, the teeth and jaws that are not lining up correctly.

Overbites can be either vertical or horizontal, with some patients exhibiting signs of both types. A vertical overbite is where the top teeth over the bottom teeth significantly. A horizontal overbite occurs when the top teeth protrude over the bottom teeth. Further, an overbite is categorized as either skeletal or dental in nature. With a skeletal overbite, the jaw is identified as the reason for the overbite. With a dental overbite, the teeth are causing the issue.

What Causes an Overbite?

Overbites can sometimes be hereditary. But the most common cause of an overbite is the shape, size, or combination of the teeth or jaw. It could be that there is too much room in the jaw area or too little room for the size of one’s teeth. If not treated, the overbite will cause the teeth to crowd each other and grow crooked. If there is too much room, the teeth will be spaced too far apart.

Overbites can also be cuased by:

Treatment Options for an Overbite?

Treating an overbite is generally easier in children because a child’s jaw is still developing. Overcrowding is the most common issue for children and teens. This can be treated by removing some baby teeth to make room for the permanent teeth to grow straight. Growth modification devices can be used to help better position the jaw. Braces and retainers are other devices that can help correct an overbite and keep the teeth in place.

It is typically due to the lack of preventative treatment early in life for adults with an overbite. An examination is necessary so that a treatment plan can be put into place. Initial x-rays will be taken to determine the type of overbite and the relationship between the jaw and teeth.

Is Your Overbite Causing Issues?

Many people go through life with a minor overbite that causes no issues. However, for others, an overbite can cause pain and other dental issues. If your overbite is causing problems, it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist. We’re the only Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologists in the State of Missouri. Call us at (314) 862-7844 to schedule your first appointment. We look forward to working with you!

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Updated: August 31, 2023

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