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If You Have An Overbite Do You Need Braces
Perhaps: If you have an excessive overbite in all probability other teeth and/or jaws are mal-related. Don't go looking for "quickie fix". Look for "best (esthetic & functional) most stable fix." even if your general dentist does braces or invisalign, they do not have the same training and experience as an orthodontic specialist. Get the correct answer from a pro, see an orthodontist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not self correcting: Crooked teeth are harder to clean, tend to wear unevenly, strain the bone/gums that support the teeth, are "lost" more frequently than well positioned teeth, and are unsightly. Why not consult with a qualified orthodontic specialist who can evaluate your malocclusion and talk to you about treatment options. Go find out. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes , consult with an orthodontist.Get a more detailed answer ›
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. They are very different situations unfortunately with the same name. It's best to have an exam with an orthodontist to determine the problem. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Selective treatment: If your overbite is not skeletal, braces and an elastics that attaches to the braces should be sufficient to correct your mild to moderate overbite. If the overbite is significant (over 5mm) and your lower jaw is underdeveloped, corrective surgery may be your only and best way to correct it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best answer: Best answer, ask your dentist or see an orthodontist. Biting edge of upper from teeth should be about 2mm horizontally in front of lower front teeth, and should vertically cover biting edge of lower front teeth by about 2mm. If you have an anterior open bite (front teeth don't overlap) or an excessive horizontal or vertical overbite, other teeth and jaws may be malaligned--see an orthodontist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For other teeth: Orthodontics cannot move teeth that are part of a fixed bridge. The other teeth can be moved orthodontically. You should discuss your particular situation with both a general dentist and an orthodontist in order to come up with the best treatment plan for your situation. Orthodontics may be just one of the methods used in order to attain the best looking and healthiest bite and smile. ...Read more
Usually: But sometimes dentists don't see tooth movement solution, they see restorative solution. For many patients the best solution is to move teeth/jaws into optimized relationships, then do the most long lasting restorations. If you have questions you can call any orthodontic specialist for an examination and opinion. ...Read more
@ least twice a year: Americans often will see their dentist more than they see their medical doctors. The best dentists today are focused on preventative care. The healthiest teeth are usu your own natural teeth. I only drill if there is decay or if a patient is trying to improve the appearance. Getting professional cleanings & checkups twice a year allows your dentist to help you keep your teeth in the best condition. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Mental checklists...: When we do an examination of a patient, we have a vision of an ideal result in our mind. When the patient does not meet those criteria, we start looking at the severity of the deviations from ideal and mentally making "red flags". When these are significant, then we will recommend that diagnostic records be taken to further evaluate the case. With the records, then we figure out the treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Least invasive..: Ortho braces and invisalign are the least invasive ways to straighten crooked teeth. Advanced cosmetic dentistry procedure like veneers and crowns can also give the result of 'straight teeth', but it will likely be more expensive than orthodontic braces or invisalign. Consult with a dentist. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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