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How effective are braces for treating underbites and crossbites vs. Overbites?

Very effective: Braces will treat all these well. Just see one to let them answer these questions. An initial exam is usually free and a lot of information can be gained by this visit. ...Read more

Malocclusion (Definition)

A malocclusion describes the inability of teeth to bite with one another correctly. Commonly the dental arches show poor alignment of the teeth. A malocclusion can be due to dental or skeletal disharmony or both. Orthodontics is the specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation of correction of these anomalies. It is an ...Read more


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Is it possible to have no overbite or underbite?

Is it possible to have no overbite or underbite?

End to end bite: The end to end bite is not a natural, "normal" bite, but there are several people with such a bite. It is not the most functional, healthy type of bite, but correction may involve orthodontics and oral surgery. You may want more than one opinion if you consider any treatment. Unfortunately an end to end bite is like walking on your tip toes all the time, which can create some TMJ/TMD issues. ...Read more

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Underbite or overbite. How do I know for sure?

Underbite or overbite. How do I know for sure?

Definition: If your upper front teeth are in front of your lower front teeth when you bite down fully, you have an overjet (aka over bite). It doesn't have to be excessive. An underbite is usually defined as if the upper front teeth lay behind the lower front teeth biting normally. ...Read more

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How can an overbite and a cross bite be corrected?

How can an overbite and a cross bite be corrected?

Orthodontics: Some can be done with interceptive treatments such as palatal expanders and active appliances but in more difficult cases braces are the best bet. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist for treatment options. ...Read more

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Have a slight underbite from elastics. Ortho says remove a bottom tooth (best option) or file teeth down 2 achieve slight overbite. Any more options?

Functional Orthodont: Functional orthodontics utilizes various appliances and conventional braces to correct a slight underbite. Ask your Orthodontist/Dentist for more information. ...Read more

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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

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: 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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Could braces fix-overbite, crossbite, and crowding?

Could braces fix-overbite, crossbite, and crowding?

See orthodontist: They can evaluate you and recommend the best course of therapy for your situation. ...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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Are braces medically needed for my son's diagnosis: 35% vertical overbite, class 1 malocclussion, moderate misalignment of upper and lower cuspids?

Are braces medically needed for my son's diagnosis: 35% vertical overbite, class 1 malocclussion, moderate misalignment of upper and lower cuspids?

Cuspids: The key to your question is the misaligned cuspids. If out of position they do not function properly to protect posterior teeth and jaw joints during function. A malocclusion is not life threatening. The question is one of quality of life as opposed to quantity of life. In the long run, resolving your son's malocclusion will be money well spent. ...Read more

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Could crossbite/underbite surgery drastically change my facial features?

Yes, likely: As cross bites and under bites treated surgically are significant, they deal with severe facial asymmetries. When your work is done it should be a very favorable change! ...Read more

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What can I do about a class 3 underbite & crossbite?

Surgery: At 33 years old, the best answer would be a combination of orthodontics and orthognathic surgery. ...Read more

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I have an underbite and the doctor says braces might fix it but it'll turn into a crossbite at thefront teeth"?

I have an underbite and the doctor says braces might fix it but it'll turn into a crossbite at thefront teeth"?

OS consult: Seek a second opinion and ask the orthodontist to have you confer with an oral surgeon in addition for a possible orthognathic approach to your situation for optimum results. ...Read more

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Ok, so I have a class 3 maloclussion underbite. I am 22 years old. Is there anyway I can get rid of this underbite without the possibility of surgery?

Ok, so I have a class 3 maloclussion underbite. I am 22 years old. Is there anyway I can get rid of this underbite without the possibility of surgery?

It depends: Whether or not your class iii malocclusion can only be corrected surgically can only be determined by an orthodontist analyzing comprehensive diagnostic records of your case. Seek an initial consultation and move forward from there. ...Read more

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What is a normal overbite?

What is a normal overbite?

Overbite: For basic information, see: https://yourdecision. Oten. Tafensw. Edu. Au/pluginfile. Php/128/mod_resource/content/3/HLTDA303B%20-%20Unit%20Sample/knowledge/orthodontics/orthodontics. Htm For a personalized analysis, consult with a local Orthodontist ...Read more

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How can I help malocclusion?

Orthodontist: Your local orthodontist is the expert in dental occlusion. They will be able to develop a treatment plan to fit your expectations. ...Read more

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What can correct malocclusion?

What can correct malocclusion?

Orthodontics: A proper orthodontic evaluation and treatment will correct malocclusion. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix an overbite?

Overbite: Vertical overbite, horizontal overbite (overjet), or both? Is it dental, skeletal, or both? Is that the extent of your malocclusion or just the tip of the iceberg? Best way to fix an overbite is to see an Orthodontic Specialist (Initial Examination usually free) to determine the extent of your problem and the treatments available to correct it. ...Read more

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Best way to diagnose malocclusion?

Best way to diagnose malocclusion?

Dentist: See your dentist for this diagnosis or an orthodontist. Are you having other symptoms like excessive tooth wear or TMJ pain? Good questions to ask and have answered. ...Read more

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What procedures treat malocclusion?

What procedures treat malocclusion?

Jaw surgery, ortho: Malocclusion is a problem in the way the upper & lower teeth fit together in biting or chewing. It literally means "bad bite". The two main forms of malocclusion are skeletal & dental. Skeletal requires orthognathic surgery & orthodontics to correct. Dental malocclusion can be corrected by ortho alone. Some malocclusion can be corrected by having restorative work done alone or in combo w/ ortho. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an ''overbite''?

Ask your dentist.: You need to ask your dentist. He will tell you and how to correct the overbite. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get my overbite fixed?

Yes: Certainly-with braces. Make sure the dentist or orthodontist you favor knows how to open a patient's bite. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have an overbite?

How can you tell if you have an overbite?

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 more

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Please explain why is having an overbite bad?

Disadvantages of OB: Most overbites are not considered serious. However, there are certain cases in which the OB patient will have disadvantages like jaw pain, tooth decay and gum disease. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist about corrective options. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of an overbite?

What are the different stages of an overbite?

Overbite stages: There really is no 'set' stage or one way for an overbite to develop, as it can either develop by a finger/thumb or tongue habit, and/or mismatched upper and lower jaws which can cause the top teeth to stick out. Best to have your bite evaluated by an orthodontist to determine the best course of action. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: overbite?

What is the definition or description of: overbite?

Overbite is....: A malocclusion of the teeth in which the front upper incisor and canine teeth project over the lower. Also called vertical overlap. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an openjet versus an overbite?

See dentist: Overjet: horizontal overlap of incisors
overbite: vertical overlap of incisors
in both cases, normal is about 2mm. If you have concerns, ask your general dentist to refer you to a qualified orthodontic specialist who treats malocclusions (including overbite/overjet malrelationships) all day long every day. Get an opinion from a pro. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: malocclusion?

What is the definition or description of: malocclusion?

Tooth mis-alignment: A malocclusion describes the inability of teeth to bite with one another correctly. Commonly the dental arches show poor alignment of the teeth. A malocclusion can be due to dental or skeletal disharmony or both. Orthodontics is the specialty that deals with the diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation of correction of these anomalies. It is an advanced specialty of dentistry. ...Read more

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I have a 5mm overbite/jet. What is the easiest and most effective way to fix this?!

Orthodontist: Dealing with excessive overbite/overjet is a complex issue that can have multiple treatment options depending on your particular case. Some cases can be treated by expanding the arches, some with extractions, and some just by alligning the teeth. You need to see an orthodontist for some study models, x-rays, and photographs to accurately diagnose & plan the best treatment option for you. ...Read more

Underbite (Definition)

"Underbite" is a lay term indicating an anterior cross bite, lower incisors in front of upper incisors, or upper incisors behind lower incisors. Cause may be dental malposition, skeletal malrelationship, or both. This is a serious malocclusion requiring the services of a ...Read more


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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