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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 more
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Sort of: an Orthodontist is the best qualified Dental Specialist to "fix" an overbite. The orthodontic will have all of the available "medicines" in their armamentarium, including braces and many other treatment modalities. Please see an Orthodontic Specialist for an individualized evaluation of your unique malocclusion. Initial exams are usually complimentary. ...Read more
Braces Align Teeth: If your overbite is off because your teeth are in the wrong positions, then braces can move your teeth into the proper positions, resulting in a pleasing smile & proper bite. If, however, your overbite is off because your upper and lower jaws aren't aligned correctly, then braces will have limited success. Bone problems cannot be corrected predictably with braces in adults. In kids often they can. ...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
Forsus springs: are the most common overbite correction technique that is used in orthodontic treatment with braces. Of course, hey are not appropriate for everyone but in many cases they are an effective way to make the upper and lower teeth articulate properly. Ask your orthodontist about Forsus springs. ...Read more
Yes, but...: A slight overbite is normal, and is the result that most orthodontist attempt to achieve. The upper teeth usually have the lower teeth residing "inside" them, and is considered best for function. Braces can correct an overbite if the bite (occlusion) is not allowing a patient to chew properly or if esthetically the smile is affected. ...Read more
Not by itself: Normal vertical overbite is approximately 25%. The deeper overbite becomes, the greater the risk of lower incisor crowding and/or interference in normal function. Overbite is just one of the many things that a qualified orthodontic specialist will evaluate. For a full answer to your question, see an orthodontist. ...Read more
Not always: The decision to undergo orthodontic treatment for a malocclusion or bite problem is based on a number of factors. The inability to chew food, pain, problems and/or decay due to crowding or malpositioned teeth, and concern over esthetics are some reasons. Many patients with an overbite or other malocclusions feel they have no symptoms and choose not to seek treatment. ...Read more
Not for 35 year old: Don't believe skeletal correction can be achieved in non-growing adults by any means other than surgery. Stop the twin block, jaw goes back. There are NO good scientific studies showing effectiveness of functional appliances for non-growers. Just the opposite, there's a lot of data proving they don't work. Don't believe the snake oil salesman...see a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...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
Nothing's as good: Best way to fix overbite, crooked teeth, over jet, jaw malrelationships, open bite, rotations, cross bites, etc, is conventional orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are less than half as effective. Another solution is to cut teeth down and cap them (average life of a cap. ...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. They are very different situations unfortunately with the same name. Have an exam with an orthodontist to determine the problem & time involved. ...Read more
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 more
Depends: This is difficult to answer without a complete set of dental and radiographic records. I am a pediatric dentrist and have an active orthodontic practice. The average case takes about 24 months;however, moving teeth in adults may take longer because the bone is denser. ...Read more
Probably: Most efficient way to resolve a malocclusion (bad bite) is realigning the teeth and jaws. Ask your dentist to refer you to an orthodontic specialist for an initial examination (often complimentary) and guidance. Then you can make decisions based on knowledge rather than supposition. ...Read more
It depends: I would consult with a dentist or orthodontist who could give you an estimate based on your condition. ...Read more
Bands / overbite: The elastics are not likely the most important part in the resolution of your overlapping overbite. Opening a complete overbite is quite variable in difficulty, requirements for things added to braces, and time. Ask you orthodontic specialist for a time estimate and what will be required to fix the issue. ...Read more
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