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Can An Overbite Get Worse
Depends: A vertical and horizontal overbite of 2-3 mm is normal. A more extreme overbite can be corrected with cosmetic restorative procedures. Some may need orthodontic treatment but that can result in bone loss. Some can also be corrected surgically. Please seek an evaluation from a good restorative dentist/ prosthodontist. He or she will help you decide if one or a combination of techniques are right. ...Read more
Growth: Jaw develops for years sometimes after you have finished growing. Grinding can affect your TMJ joint making this worse. ...Read more
Overbite: In layman's terms, an "overbite" typically refers to the upper front teeth sticking out horizontally, further than the lower front teeth. An orthodontist defines an "overbite" as the vertical overlap of the upper front teeth over the lower front teeth. Get an opinion from an orthodontic specialist regarding the best option (it depends highly on the severity of your own problem). ...Read more
"Get? ": An overbite, horizontal or vertical, will not "get" you braces, will not mandate that you be treated. Any dental positional irregularity that you, as a layman, can see is usually just the tip of the iceberg. Have an examination performed by a qualified Orthodontic Specialist to see if you have a malocclusion, and if so what can be done to correct it. ...Read more
Overbite: Overbites don't go away on their own and the only way to correct them is to have Orthodontic treatment. Consult a local Orthodontist to find out what specific treatment will be necessary along with options, time frame and fees. ...Read more
Diagnosis: Horizontal (overjet) & vertical overbites are only part of an Orthodontic diagnosis. Is your malocclusion dental, skeletal, or both. Is there crowding, spacing, rotations, cross bites, etc. Please see a qualified Orthodontic Specialist for evaluation & discussion of the right treatment modalities to resolve your unique (no 2 people are exactly alike) malocclusion. ...Read more
Absolutely: Ask your general dentist to refer you to a qualified orthodontic specialist who will know the quickest, easiest, best way to resolve your malocclusion. That's what orthodontists do all day long every day. Go for it! ...Read more
Yes: But also understand the other docs who answered are discussing invisalign (potentially an option, but as noted by the other docs, with pros and cons) and you may also wish to consider clear brackets (yet another option with its own pros and cons, but generally as effective as metal braces). Talk to a couple of orthodontists to understand your options which will allow u to make the best decisions. ...Read more
Most probably: But how it can be done is still the question. It depends on many different factors, including the position of the teeth, facial esthetics, and bone position. Your best bet is to consult with a local orthodontist who can examine you, and with the help of models and radiographs advise you of your treatment options. ...Read more
Not easily: Orthodontic Care will put your teeth into place. If your overbite is mild, it may be possible to reshape your teeth, but not if you have a severe skeletal component...can't "straighten" teeth on jaws that don't match. Also know that braces require postRx retention. Restorations require periodic repair/replacement. See both Orthodontic Specialist & Cosmetic Dentist for consultations. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, consult with an orthodontist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, you can: Discuss your treatment objectives with a local orthodontist. ...Read more
Certainly can. See your orthodontist for an evaluation. I have many patients over the age of 40 who get adult orthodontics. You have a long life ahead of you and it is best to keep your teeth in the proper position so they do not wear unevenly and require
extensive and costly reconstruction later. As a prosthodontist, I see these situations all the time. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I have an overbite but I have seen you can get braces but my dentist hasn't mentioned anything about it what should I do?
It should: Getting orthodontic treatment usually addresses many situations. I can't imagins an orthodontist not doing the whole job. ...Read more
Orthodontist: Make an appointment with a local orthodontist for a consultation. ...Read more
Can I be getting frequent headaches because of an overbite? Imitrex (sumatriptan) makes it worse and so does coffee. Blood work is normal.
Possible: See a prosthodontist for an evaluation of your bite. You may be straining and spasming your head and neck muscles. ...Read more
18 yo, not growing any taller, but my jaw/chin still growing out, makes overbite look worse? How to make it stop? I thought bones stop growing by now?
You Can Not: If you are done growing, see an orthodontist. ...Read more
Can you have porcelain veneers on your lower teeth if you have an overbite? I'd really like to get porcelain veneers for both my upper and lower teeth, but I have a bit of any overbite. Will that cause any problems for veneers for on my front lower teeth?
Evaluate first: The functional relationship of your teeth may affect restorative decisions. Any restorations will require periodic maintenance. Straightening your teeth may eliminate need for reshaping/restoring teeth, or make Rx more effective and long lasting. Talk to an Orthodontic Specialist as well as your restorative Dentist to learn all you can before choosing the best path. ...Read more
Is an underbite harder to fix with braces than an overbite? I've always had an underbite, but my parents never took me to see an orthodontist as a kid. Now that I'm an adult, I would like to get this corrected with braces. I'm just wondering if it's harde
Many underbites have a skeletal component, meaning that the jaws as well as the teeth are mal aligned. In those cases, simply aligning the teeth will not correct the problem. However, some underbites, sometimes call pseudo-class iii malocclusions, do not have a skeletal component and can be corrected very nicely with braces alone.
Your orthodontist can do a simple analysis to diagnose your underbite and advise a treatment plan. ...Read more
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