Best Options for Correcting an Overbite

While they may look different to the untrained eye, both types of dental overbites have a lot in common. Both horizontal and vertical overbites may be inherited from your parents, or the effect of tongue thrusting, nail biting or prolonged pacifier use or thumb sucking as a child. The majority of jaw bone growth takes place during early childhood, when such habits can cause the under/overdevelopment of the upper or lower jaw, resulting in an overbite.

There’s no set age limit as to when an overbite can be totally fixed, but the quickest results are usually seen in younger patients, when the jaw is still growing. An overbite can lead to jaw discomfort caused by muscle strain, difficulties eating and chewing, lisps and other speech impediments, and a greater risk of cavities and gum disease linked to worn dental enamel. In addition, patients with an overbite may also grapple with tissue damage as the bottom teeth scrape against the soft palate of the mouth. 

Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics have yielded great results in overbite treatment. Dr. David Blaustein explains some of the most effective correction methods used today.

Overbite correction treatments

Fixing an overbite alleviates feelings of self-consciousness widely seen in teenagers and adults with this common dental problem. Protruding front teeth, or teeth that overlap the lower teeth can be a source of embarrassment for many, making some people reluctant to smile. The treatment can also eliminate prior problems with eating and speaking, and significantly reduce speech impediments that form because of a misaligned jaw.

Depending on the severity, type and cause of your overbite — which will be determined through X-rays and a thorough exam — your dentist will choose a treatment plan that is most likely to provide optimal results.

Overbite treatment options may include:

Get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted

Nothing brings balance and harmony to the face like a beautiful smile. To find the right overbite treatment for your needs, please call Chelsea Dental Aesthetics in Midtown Manhattan. For more than 20 years, Dr. Blaustein has remained on the forefront of cosmetic dentistry advances, bringing his knowledge and expertise to patients across NYC.

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