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My orthodontist is not fixing overbite? Im am adult. Why?

My orthodontist is not fixing overbite? Im am adult. Why?

May be best for you: Your orthodontist may have determined that either correction of your overbite would require jaw surgery ( and the risk/benefit ratio is not favorable), or that extraction of teeth to address the overbite problem might be detrimental to your facial profile and/or jaw joint and dental health. Your orthodontist is in the best position to answer your question based upon your records. Ask him/her. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Orthodontics (Definition)

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...Read more


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Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Not unusual: If twelve baby teeth, then also would have twelve permanent teeth. You went through the first phase of treatment and should expect a second phase of treatment after 28 permanent teeth are present after a "dental age" of 12 years. Ask your orthodontist for more explanation. ...Read more

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Orthodontist angled my bottom front teeth to meet the top, and said there is no other way without surgery to fix the overbite. Was she right or lazy?

Orthodontist angled my bottom front teeth to meet the top, and said there is no other way without surgery to fix the overbite. Was she right or lazy?

No way: No way to tell where you started, where you finished, and if there were any other treatment choices, without doing a full examination and records review. That said non-growing patients present treatment conundrums requiring camouflage mechanics. Your Orthodontist was probably correct. If you have concerns, talk to your Orthodontist or seek a 2nd opinion. ...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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Orthodontist I have a big overbite can braces improve my teeth without getting jaw surgery?

Orthodontist I have a big overbite can braces improve my teeth without getting jaw surgery?

Need more info: The surgery/non-surgery decision is not based on overbite (horizontal, vertical, or both?) alone. In adults primary criteria (one of many) is skeletal relationship of upper and lower jaws to each other and to the rest of the crania-facil structures. Please see a qualified orthodontist for an initial examination (probably complimentary or small fee) to get you started on the right track. ...Read more

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I'm not sure if I have an overbite. My top teeth cover a little more than half of my bottom teeth. Also, I sometimes get jaw pain where it feels like my jaw muscles are being over stretched. Is this something I should maybe see and orthodontist about?

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

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Premolar extraction orthodontics for overbite ruined my face. Is there any way to fix this?

Premolar extraction orthodontics for overbite ruined my face. Is there any way to fix this?

Apples and oranges: Premolars extractions are usually required when there is moderate to severe crowding or when there is a large horizontal overbite. If your overbite was both skeletal as well as dental, jaw surgery plus braces is often the best treatment. See a qualified orthodontic specialist for options. ...Read more

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Is orthotropics a real alternative for an overbite instead of surgery? The research and reasoning is pretty solid. Orthodontics does seem flawed.

Is orthotropics a real alternative for an overbite instead of surgery? The research and reasoning is pretty solid. Orthodontics does seem flawed.

Don't drink Kool Aid: If it sounds to good to be true... There's over a century of well founded growth and development research that shows you cannot expand teeth off of their basal (jaw) bone support without doing long-term damage to the alveolar (tooth supporting) bone. The "science" supporting expansion therapy in adults is at best specious. See a qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more

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How do functional orthodontics address an overjet (and overbite) caused by a protruded upper jaw?

In small ways: Functional appliances have limited effects. Research has indicated that it restrains the growth of the upper jaw, much like the effect of a headgear, and can manipulate the dentoalveolar bone (bone that houses the teeth) to a degree. A wire connected to the appliance can further retract upper teeth, reducing overjet. It does not effect basal bone(foundational bone), as does not grow lower jaws. ...Read more

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What functional orthodontics can address an overjet (and overbite) caused by a protruded upper jaw?

Unusual: Most of the time it's lower jaw too far back, rather than upper jaw too far forward. If upper jaw is determined by skull x-ray and measurements to be too far forward, for an adult braces + jaw surgery may be required. Functional appliances are only modestly effective for growing children and are totally ineffective for non-growing adults. See an orthodontic specialist for evaluation and rx. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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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