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Straight Teeth With Overbite
Do I need to fix my overbite? I'm an adult who never had braces, has straight teeth and an overbite. My overbite isn't huge I don't think, but my upper teeth do cover my lower teeth when my mouth is closed. I've read that overbites can cause problems late
Some is normal !: Some amount of overbite is normal. Your upper teeth are supposed to cover part of your lower teeth. Normal overbite can range from about 20%-75% depending on how the rest of the bite is set up. If you do not grind your teeth or have jaw joint (TMJ) pain, then most likely your amount of overbite is fine for you. Ask your dentist what they think at your next visit, but I wouldn't be overly concerned. ...Read more
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When you have an overbite & you needed the front teeth at the top extracted. Would you need straight teeth first before you can have an implant?
Best solution: Plenty of options exist to resolve your problem. The best solution is a team approach, orthodontist, oral surgeon and restorative dentist. The orthodontist can correct the overbite so that your front teeth can have a better bite. Then experienced oral surgeon. The last step is well versed in functional jaw orthopedics to restore implants. If properly cared for dental implants can last a lifetime ...Read more
Absolutely: Straight teeth work better, undergo less wear and tear, are easier to clean, last longer, are less involved with gum disease. We know from many psychologic studies that attractive people receive better treatment than unattractive people. Two absolutely equally qualified people go in for a job. One has a smashing smile, the other has snaggle-teeth. Which one gets the job? ...Read more
I would encourage: You to consult with an orthodontist regarding what your best options are. ...Read more
Wait some time: The position of teeth is determined by many factors including pressure from the tongue, lips, cheeks or any other forces bought by habits such as thumb sucking, pacifiers, baby bottles, etc. Avoid any habits and allow the natural process of growth to take place. If later (age 6-8) a lack of space exists for erupting teeth monitoring will be necessary for possible referral to orthodontist. ...Read more
Yes: The traditional braces with the bands, brackets and wires are a good, well-controlled technique. However, some newer treatment styles like invisalign may also be used. These plastic forms direct the teeth to position and are replaced every two to three weeks until the teeth are aligned. Your dentist can give several options. This is just one. ...Read more
Yes: Clear correct or invislign, sometime if very minor retainers, get an orthodontic consult. ...Read more
Veneers & Crowns: I would not recommend either one of the above mentioned treatment options for someone very young, or someone with no previous dental fillings, cavities, etc. If you have healthy, non-restored teeth, braces and invisalign options would be best. If you are older, have previous restorations, discoloration, and malalignment... Then veneers and crowns are terrific options and should be considered. ...Read more
I'm 17. My right side has straight teeth, nice cheekbones, my left side has lots of lymphonodes, recessed orbital rim, and crooked teeth — why?
Possible mild hemi-: Facial microsomia, a congenital malformation syndrome of unknown etiology, and now regarded as part of the facio-auriculo-vertebral spectrum--a collection of malformations of different organ systems that occur significantly more commonly together. The cause is usually unknown. If severe, hemifacial microsomia presents as one side of the face obviously smaller than the other, with plagiocephaly. ...Read more
I have braces, but my wisdom teeth will need to come out after the braces are off. Will having them removed ruin my straight teeth?
When can a kid start getting braces put on their teeth? My daughter is 8 and she has straight teeth except for two teeth. Can she get braces on?
See a proj: Everyone's different. See an orthodontist for advice. ...Read more
Can tooth contouring be used to fix crooked teeth without braces? I have what I feel like are not very crooked teeth, and would like to know if tooth contouring might be an acceptable alternative to full braces when it comes to getting straight teeth?
Unlikely: If your teeth are basically straight, but look uneven due to slight variations in vertical height, it is possible to "recontour" the edges to be more "in line", one must wear a retainer to make sure these reduced teeth do not move "up" again. This is a very rare scenario, but if it exists, it is one way to make it look better. Orthodontics is almost always preferred. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, consult with an orthodontist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, you can: Discuss your treatment objectives with a local orthodontist. ...Read more
I've already had braces so my teeth are straight but they never gave my rubber bands or anything to fix my overbite. What else can I do?
See orthodontist.: Only answer is to go back and discuss with orthodontist. Make sure you are being treated by a board certified orthodontist. ...Read more
I have a bad overbite. It covers the whole row of my front teeth. Then my front teeth reach my upper gum and it hurts. My teeth are really straight th?
Overbite: Deep vertical overbite and a larger than normal horizontal overbite (overjet). As a result you have what we call palatal impingement. Your malocclusion (bad bite) is readily resolvable with Orthodontic Treatment. Just because teeth are well aligned within each arch does not mean that they meet and function properly. Please see qualified specialist Orthodontist for (usually free) initial exam. ...Read more
What to do if I have a really bad overbite, my braces haven't helped, and I get my braces off in a month my teeth are straight but still no overbite fix?
Is there any way to fix an overbite that doesn't include braces? My teeth are really quite straight on the whole, but I do have a fairly pronounced overbite. Is there any way I can fix it that doesn't involve me getting braces?
Malocclusion: If your teeth appear straight but you have a large overbite it means that there is a front-to-back malrelationship. Just because teeth in each jaw look straight doesn't mean that they come together and function properly. The Best solution probably orthodontic rx. Why not see an orthodontic specialist for evaluation and rx suggestions, then you can make up your mind based on facts. ...Read more
My teeth are already pretty straight. I just have gaps and an overbite. Is there any possible way to speed up the braces process?
Possibly: Cells turn over at a specific rate. There are some procedures that can reduce time in orthodontic treatment, but surgery is required. No two people are exactly the same. See an orthodontic specialist for an evaluation of the extent of your malocclusion and the possible treatment alternatives that would work best for you. ...Read more
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
When you have an overbite can you put dental implants in so they look straight and have no gaps between them?
Yes and No: If all you want is straight teeth without gaps in the upper jaw and lower jaw without regard to how the teeth in each jaw come together, dental implants may accomplish that provided there is space and bone for the implants. However, with an overbite, your bite problem may not necessarily be corrected. A more detailed exam with the appropriate studies would be recommended before proceeding. ...Read more