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Overbite (Definition)

A malocclusion of the teeth in which the front upper incisor and canine teeth project over the lower. ...Read more


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I have a slight overbite and want regular dentist to fix an overbite?

See an orthodontist: An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in tooth movement and the correction of occlusion (the bite). Many general dentists (regular dentists) do not correct misaligned teeth. Still there are many general dentists who perform this kind of treatment. Although i would recommend you see a dentist who specializes in orthodontics. ...Read more

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How much of an overbite do you have to have to consider braces? Our dentist recommended that we should look into getting braces for our daughter due to her overbite. I'll admit that she does have a very slight overbite, but it doesn't bother her, and it's

Seek consultation: Why don't you seek information from the orthodontist your dentist recommended? That way you can make an informed decision based on a thorough understanding of your child's malrelationships. If it doesn't look right, it probably doesn't fit and function right, either. A small overbite my not be serious, but what else is going on... ...Read more

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How would a dentist most likely go about fixing a 5mm overbite?!

Orthodontics: Discuss this with your dentist to see which approach is best for you. Usually this is corrected by an orthodontist. ...Read more

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Dentist told me I have an under or overbite (can't remember). I'm 20, can I correct this without surgery? Some kind of restraint maybe?

Dentist told me I have an under or overbite (can't remember). I'm 20, can I correct this without surgery? Some kind of restraint maybe?

Depends: The ability to correct an under/overbite without surgery is very dependent on the position and size of your teeth, the relationship of the upper molars to the lower molars, and the amount and quality of your bone and gum tissue. Severe over/underbites most likely will need surgery or tooth extractions to complete the case well. ...Read more

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I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth.. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?

I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth.. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?

No: Requesting tooth extractions does not qualify a dentist as an orthodontic specialist. A 10, 000+ hour post-dental school residency in orthodontics is required. An orthodontist will only do orthodontics, not cleanings, fillings, caps, etc. As an adult, with jaws that are no longer growing, you need the services of an orthodontic specialist. ...Read more

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How long should you wear braces in order to fix a slight overbite?

It depends: I would consult with a dentist or orthodontist who could give you an estimate based on your condition. ...Read more

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Slight overbite, do I need extractions?

It depends: Some mild overbites can be reduced by proclining the lower dental arch, and /or retraction of upper anterior teeth if space permits. Your orthodontist is in the best position to answer your question based upon your records. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can slight overbite only on one side cause facial asymmetry?

Help plz! Can slight overbite only on one side cause facial asymmetry?

Possibly: But facial asymmetry is often a multi-system (bone/teeth/muscles/facial drape) problem. Suggest team composed of General Dentist/Oral Surgeon/Orthodontist and possibly Plastic Surgeon to evaluate and treat your concerns. ...Read more

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Is a slight overbite the "normal" positioning for the upper and lower jaws in people?

Yes it is: The normal overlapping of the upper front teeth over the lower front teeth vertically called overbite , and horizontally called over jet varies from 1-3 mm for over jet and same for overbite not to exceeds the upper third of the lower front teeth.. Hope that help..;). ...Read more

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When I smile one of my eyes looks more closed than the other. Could it be due to having a slight overbite?

When I smile one of my eyes looks more closed than the other. Could it be due to having a slight overbite?

No: Slight overbite will not cause the problem you're describing. Probably due to normal facial asymmetry and/or muscle imbalance. See Ophthalmologist for your eyelid imbalance. See Orthodontist for your malocclusion. ...Read more

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Mild toothache that is getting worse? I've set up a dentist appointment for next wednesday due to a mild toothache that i feel is getting worse. What can I do until then to ease the pain at home? .

Mild toothache that is getting worse? I've set up a dentist appointment for next wednesday due to a mild toothache that i feel is getting worse. What can I do until then to ease the pain at home?


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Call dentist: First call your dentist, tell them the pain is increasing, and see if they can see you sooner. Then try 1 200 mg advil every 4 hrs. If you need more help, try 1 200 mg advil + 1 350 mg tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4 hours. Do not take more frequently than recommended. If that doesn't work, and your dentist can't see you, perhaps they can refer you to an endodontist. ...Read more

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Should I have an orthodontic treatment just for a mild openbite (not overbite)?

Should I have an orthodontic treatment just for a mild openbite (not overbite)?

If you wish: Orthodontics is elective, and if the bite bothers you, by all means change it. By distributing the force of the bite amongst all the teeth less wear and tear affects those teeth that are in occlusion. Orthodontics can be wonderfully beneficial, but is not a necessity. ...Read more

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I recently had all my back molars crowned. I have always had a slight overbite. Now, the outer lower bottom teeth are hitting the inner upper top teeth. Can the crowns be capped a 1/32 of an inch?

I recently had all my back molars crowned. I have always had a slight overbite. Now, the outer lower bottom teeth are hitting the inner upper top teeth. Can the crowns be capped a 1/32 of an inch?

Restoring teeth: What you describe suggests a few issues. First, anytime there is a change in the mouth, let alone having all your back teeth crowned, the body notices these changes and for many it seems magnified from the actual differences. Secondly, no matter how dentists try to achieve a harmonious bite, we cannot always do that on the first attempt. Have you dentist evaluate your bite for minor adjustments. ...Read more

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I have mvp and mild mr. I have a cavity so I have to go to the dentist soon. Should i be worried for endocarditis?

I have mvp and mild mr. I have a cavity so I have to go to the dentist soon. Should i be worried for endocarditis?

NO: No, you do not need to be concerned. You do not need antibiotics. Review of studies performed between 1950 and 2006, which included thousands of patients, has shown that there was no benefit of using preventive antibiotics, except in the highest risk patients. You are not in a high risk group if mitral valve prolapse and mitral regurgitation are your only conditions. ...Read more

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My dentist prescribed me amoxicillin for mild oral thrush. Everything I've read says this is wrong. Is it ok to start?

My dentist prescribed me amoxicillin for mild oral thrush. Everything I've read says this is wrong. Is it ok to start?

Not recommended: Amoxicillin allows yeast to grow and the thrush symptoms to occur. It is not usually serious and can generally be cleared with treatment like miconazole or Nystatin. See your PCP for evaluation. ...Read more

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My dentist told me I have two mild loss in the back but no danger in losing them. He suggested a deep cleaning should to the job. Is this true.

My dentist told me I have two mild loss in the back but no danger in losing them. He suggested a deep cleaning should to the job. Is this true.

Unsure: Unsure what you're asking. If you mean that your gums are inflamed and therefore you have pockets that are 2 millimeters too deep, a deep cleaning coupled with appropriate oral hygiene should resolve the issue. If not successful, evaluation by a Periodontist, a gum specialist, would be in order. ...Read more

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Which plan is better and why for 8yr old Class II overbite w/ mild crossbite?  Expander, 12mo of headgear, partial braces or braces 3-6mo & KOI

Which plan is better and why for 8yr old Class II overbite w/ mild crossbite?  Expander, 12mo of headgear, partial braces or braces 3-6mo & KOI

See an Orthodontist: Many orthodontists offer an initial complimentary consultation. This allows you to find out what type of treatment is recommended for your individual situation and get all your questions answered. Take care. ...Read more

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