Everything You Need to Know About an Overbite 

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Dental problems are treatable with orthodontic care, one of which is an overbite. When you have a large overlap between your top and bottom teeth, the condition is known as an overbite. Small overbites, generally 1 to 2 cm, are required for a proper bite. But, too much of a gap can result in excessive overbite and create problems. 

Overbites can be of varying types, and the treatment depends on the complexity of the situation. For that reason, every overbite situation is diagnosed and treated by an orthodontist after a proper examination. If you are struggling with overbite issues, consult a dentist at the Glenview dental office today. 

What is an overbite?

An overbite is a misalignment issue of your teeth where one or more teeth are positioned irregularly. The teeth may be positioned close to the cheek or tongue instead of their ideal position. Crossbites can make it difficult for a person to chew or even speak properly. In many cases, it also interferes with a person’s confidence and self-image and results in psychological issues. 

What are the signs related to an overbite?

While an overbite is pretty noticeable from one’s appearance, here are some signs. 

  • Your upper and lower rows of teeth do not touch each other.
  • You accidentally bite on your tongue or inner cheek when you speak or chew your food.
  • You are not able to speak properly and often experience a lisp. 
  • Pain in your teeth and jaw.
  • Severe headaches.
  • Tooth decay (cavities, gum disease, and worn tooth enamel).
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Not being able to close or open your mouth fully.

What causes an overbite?

Problems in your teeth and jaw cause an overbite. You may have too much room in your jaw area or too little room to accommodate all your teeth. This is why a person with an overbite may look like their front teeth are coming out of their mouth. 

In infants and toddlers, habits like thumb-sucking and overuse of a bottle or pacifier can push their tongue against the back of their teeth and cause an overbite. In adults, poor habits of chewing, such as nail biting or chewing random objects like pencils and pens, can cause an overbite. 

What are the options to treat an overbite?

Fortunately, there are various ways to treat an overbite. 

  • Metal or ceramic braces
  • Invisalign
  • Surgery
  • Retainers

Surgery is often used to treat an excessive overbite.