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A 22-year-old female asked:

i have an overbite how can i get my teeth to pull back and be lined up?

6 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Stansby
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
OMFS consult: Although appliances from orthodontists may help, it is best to seek out the opinion of an oral surgeon.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
I disagree. Although jaw surgery may be required, first teeth must be aligned properly, and that means braces. Oral Surgeon and Orthodontist must collaborate if best result is to be achieved. Shortcuts mean compromise.
May 27, 2015
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 26 years experience
Braces!: It is not possible to diagnose and to guide you into treatment with out the proper records and that means a visit to your orthodontist or dentist. Generally what the lay person calls over bite is actually technically excessive over-jet. The fix in most cases is braces with or with out the removal of some premolar teeth. In some cases the severity of the over-jet necessitates surgery.
Dr. Victor Grazina
Specializes in Orthodontics
Orthodontist: Be aware that most times it is the lower jaw that is back and not the upper teeth too far forward. Unfortunately, many orthodontist are still treating patient's teeth instead of their faces. A surgical consult might be warranted.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
See a Pro: The problem you describe requires you to consult with an Orthodontist for best result. That's what Orthodontists do all day long every day. Shortcuts = Heartache. See a professional. Problems like yours are what Orthodontists spend years extra, beyond Dental School, learning to treat.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Orthdontics: an orthodontist can use braces to create the required and appropriate forces to move your teeth, correct your bit and deliver an incredible smile! Go see one (you can find a great provider from the AAO website-- our national organization) who offers a free consult and see what they can do for you!
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Orthodontics 30 years experience
Overbite: Only an orthodontic specialist with reviewing complete beginning orthodontic records can fully answer your question. "Overbites" can be a result of a multitude of etiologies and based on the exact reason, a treatment plan can be put in place to correct your exact overbite. There is no "cookbook" treatment for overbites. Is it dental, skeletal, combination?

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