What is an overbite? This is a condition in which the lower front teeth protrude forward of the upper front teeth (forehead) in either an over-bite or under bite. An overbite is often associated with overbites, or teeth grinding, and is most common among overweight people. People who have it may smile broadly with open mouth sores and their gums may bleed when they chew.
An overbite isn’t the only problem that can result from misaligned teeth. It can also be caused by gum recession or shortened teeth due to gingivitis. If you have both an overbite and misalignment of teeth, dental braces can help correct the problems.
Different Types of Overbites
There are several different types of overbites. There are different kinds of overbites according to the shape of your face. Orthodontists can use different kinds of braces to correct these conditions. Overbites can be classified in four different groups, including, Class I, Class II, and Class III. Each type has different causes and effects.
Class I overbites, which include a malocclusion, are caused by an overbite. Overbites in this class cause a wide-tooth gap, or over the tooth edge. The teeth can move towards each other, making eating difficult. As eating becomes more difficult, tooth decay can set in, resulting in painful tooth decay. Orthodontic treatment for overbites in this category includes tooth extraction.
Class II overbites are caused by an overbite. In this case, the lower jaw can be over the top of the upper jaw. This condition can be hereditary. The teeth can overlap each other, reducing biting space. Orthodontic treatment for this can include bite-conserving braces to bring the lower jaw into the line of the upper jaw.
Class III overbites are the most common. In this case, there can be an unnatural curve in the lower jaw. The teeth can overlap each other, or there can be a separation between the teeth. Teeth can even shift backwards and upwards.
Finally, Class IV overbites are the worst. This means that the overbites can actually push up on the teeth, leading to TMJ problems. In the worst cases, bone can actually shift around inside the jaw. This can cause swelling, pain and even deformities. Because of these conditions, surgery may be required to correct skeletal overbites.
If you are a victim of what is an overbite, you need not worry. There are many overbite treatments available today. Even severe overbites can be corrected with orthodontic braces. You can get these treatments at your dentist office, and they are easy to wear. When you do not have enough room for your teeth at one time, it is important to get the help of an orthodontist to correct it.
If you suffer from severe overbites, your orthodontist may still recommend surgical treatment. One thing that your orthodontist can do is remove some of the bony areas around the area of your jaw where your teeth are overlapping.
One surgery procedure that this may involve is known as bite reclamation. The bone that has been removed is then replaced by synthetic material. If you have enough bone to be removed, your jaw will look straighter and your bite will be more natural.
If your overbite is too severe, you might need to get dental braces to fix it. There are several different types of braces that you can get to fix your overbite. Some of them are known as fixed wire braces.
These braces cannot be moved once they are on, so if you plan to get any dental braces, they are going to have to be in one spot all the time. You can adjust the brackets as needed throughout the day, so you don’t wear them out.
You can also get what is called flexible bridges or overbite correction elastic bands. These bands are similar to dental braces, but instead of being fixed to the brackets, they are worn on the teeth. When your teeth are in the correct position, the elastic bands will push the teeth back into the right position. You must remember that these bands must be worn for a full 8 weeks, or the tooth must be replaced. Since you must wear the bands for an entire month, you need to talk to your orthodontist about what is the best solution for you.
Other causes of overbites include crowding of the front teeth. Teeth that are overcrowded will tend to move in the wrong direction, causing you to have an overbite. Also, misalignment of the jaw can cause the teeth to move in the wrong direction, creating the appearance of an overbite.
Orthodontists can help with the correction by making your jaw fit better with each bite, and can make recommendations about how best to take care of yourself so that you can prevent future crowding, overcrowding, and misalignment.