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4 Ways to Correct an Overbite

Although an overbite doesn’t typically cause any oral health concerns, it can make chewing far more difficult and may even affect someone’s speech to a degree. Along with that, an overbite can leave some feeling insecure about their smile and overall appearance.

The good news, however, an overbite can be fixed rather easily with the help of an orthodontist.

How to correct an overbite

There are various ways to correct an overbite. The four techniques on how to fix an overbite that is presented below work to correct any malocclusion of any level of severity. Therefore, these are the best options for correcting an overbite, regardless of the level of seriousness.

Invisalign

For less severe overbites that are caused by a misalignment of the teeth, Invisalign is typically the best option. Invisalign helps to correct an overbite by straightening the teeth out. People who choose Invisalign not only solve their overbite issue, but they also leave with straighter teeth and an overall better smile.

With that said, Invisalign isn’t for everyone, and it is mostly recommended for individuals who only have a less severe overbite and isn’t intended to fix more serious concerns.

Braces

Braces are the most common way to fix misaligned teeth. However, they also help correct overbites, which are typically the result of a misalignment of the teeth. Therefore, braces help correct an overbite in the same manner that Invisalign does, which is to straighten the teeth and have the malocclusion solve itself as a secondary result.

The best part about braces, which is different from Invisalign, is that they can be used on any level of overbite, regardless of the severity. For more serious overbite concerns, in which Invisalign isn’t typically an option, it is best to go with braces instead.

Tooth Extraction

While Invisalign and braces are the most common ways to fix an overbite, considering a misalignment of the teeth causes most overbites, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. In situations where the overbite is due to the overcrowding of the teeth, usually due to a smaller jaw size, it is often best to extract a tooth. By doing so, more room is created for the teeth to take form naturally. Subsequently, the overbite should solve itself as the teeth gain more space and take shape as a result.

While tooth extractions certainly aren’t fun, they sometimes serve as a simpler solution than going through the process of Invisalign or braces.

Surgery

In more rare situations, the overbite isn’t related to a malocclusion. Instead, the overbite may be due to a misalignment of the jaw from a skeletal standpoint. In these instances, solving a misalignment of the teeth won’t have enough of an effect on the overbite to make a real impact. Consequently, surgery may be required to correctly align the jaw.

Although it might sound invasive, it is a safe procedure that can be done in a short amount of time. For the best advice, however, be sure to consult with your orthodontist.

Questions?

We are always here to help guide our patients on the best choices for their overbite and general oral health. Our trained staff is always ready to answer any questions you may have, and give you as much information as possible to help in making your decision process easier. 

Call (715) 365-1777 today to reach Bruce Orthodontics.

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