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Overjet Overbite Difference
Jargon: Conventional dental terminology describes the normal vertical overlap of incisors, Overbite, as approximately 2mm. Overjet is the horizontal overlap of the incisors, also about 2mm. If your truly curious, ask for an initial examination at an Orthodontic Specialist's office, usually free, to determine your need for correction...if any at all. ...Read more
Orthodontic consult: Excessive overjet and overbite is a problem that tends to worsen with age, and could lead to gum problems and what I call "overstressing" the remaining teeth. Talk to a dentist or orthodontist to discuss options. Always consult with two or more different orthodontic offices before starting any treatment. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Depends on severity and age and methods. Children can undergo progressive 2 phase treatment for several years and acheive a normal face. Adults may need orthognathic jaw surgery along with orthodontic treatment for 1-3 years. Less severe cases can be treated by cutting the bone surrounding the teeth, grafting it back and orthodotics. Maybe a year. ...Read more
Losing teeth: Sometimes teeth have to be sacrifice to make space. Never like to have healthy teeth removed sometimes no choice. ...Read more
Maybe: Spacing? Crowding? Rotated teeth? Your post did not say. A local orthodontist is better prepared to answer your question. Make the appointment. ...Read more
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
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
No: Correction of mouth breathing in a growing child will often improve the development of jaw and teeth and will make orthodontic results more stable. If you are considering orthodontic treatment at your age, and you still breathe through your mouth or swallow with what is called a tongue thrust, you would want to correct that so that orthodontic results don't relapse back. ...Read more
When I was younger, I had to wear head gear and braces to correct my overbite/overjet. My frnt teeth have since shifted forward. Will Visalign correct?
Different look.: An open bite is when the front teeth don't erupt fully and so when the top and bottom back teeth are together fully you'll see space between the upper and lower front teeth. Overjet, commonly and incorrectly called overbite is when the top front teeth are far forward of the lower front teeth when the teeth are closed together. ...Read more
Open verses over: An openbite generally is where the upper and lower anterior teeth do not overlap, i.e. If you can put your tongue between your anterior teeth with your upper and lower back teeth closed. An overjet is the distance the upper front teeth are out in front of the lower front teeth, i.e. "buck teeth" would be considered a severe overjet. ...Read more
Vert vs horizontal: An open bite is where there is no normal overlap between the upper and lower front teeth. Overjet refers to the horizontal overlap between the upper and lower front teeth. ...Read more
Are there differences in orthodontic/orthopedic outcome that can be expected using MARA appliance & braces vs. Braces & elastics to correct an overjet?
Gold standard: Gold standard is braces. More important than the hardware, however, is the operating system. A fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist would know, for example, that you can't do Orthopedic Treatment on a non-growing individual. Please don't try to self-diagnose and treatment plan. See an expert, an Orthodontic Specialist, who will be able to properly guide you. ...Read more
Consult: You need a consultation with an orthodontist. ...Read more
Need vs Want: In many instances, a patient may want orthodontic treatment to enhance their smile. It is a terrific service, as well as a great value. In some instances it is actually needed due to trauma on the other teeth, gums, or jaw joint. It is impossible to say without seeing you. Visit an orthodontist who can discuss your case and propose various options that might be available to you. ...Read more
Blame your parents: Overjet, a horizontal overbite, is usually inherited, so blame your genetic profile. Pernicious digit habits can also cause top front teeth to be pulled forward and bottom front teeth to be pushed back. Removing one or more posterior teeth can cause posterior bite collapse and anterior flaring. Please see a qua, lifted orthodontic specialist for evaluation and treatment recommendations. ...Read more
5mm overjet. Do you think this is signifying enough to get fixed? If so what is the best and most effective way to do so?!
Your choice: 5 mm of overjet is more than ideal. Orthodontics may help if there is enough room to move your teeth into proper place. Jaw surgery many be required to fix if orthodontics alone will not help. Generally if the situation bothers you significantly then see a dentist/orthodontist to discuss your options. I see plenty of people with similar overjet measurements that get along fine. ...Read more
Overjet: In a 47 year old non-growing adult a 1cm overjet usually signifies extensive skeletal as well as Dental malrelationships. The extent of your malocclusion indicates that you require the services of a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist and perhaps also an Oral Surgeon. See a Orthodontist for Initial Examination (usually free) and discussion of treatment options and timing. ...Read more