What Is An Overbite?
Overbites are a form of malocclusion and they occur when the upper teeth push out farther than the lower teeth. Some people refer to them as “buck teeth”. They can vary in severity from patient to patient and are treated accordingly. Most people see this condition as an aesthetic issues but it can actually cause oral health issues. When left untreated, an overbite can cause tension and pain in the jaw and may even affect oral development in children. This is why early intervention is highly suggested.
Flower Mound orthodontist Dr. Wayne L. Sankey offers complete care for patients with overbites. Early intervention for the treatment of overbites can help prevent further damage to the teeth, gums, and jaw. Our team at Flower Mound Orthodontics can work with you to determine the best solution for your smile.
What Causes An Overbite?
Overbites are a form of malocclusion and can be caused by a variety of factors — the most common being genetics. Genetics can influence the shape and size of your jaw. Other factors such as overcrowded teeth or missing teeth can also contribute to a malocclusion.
In some young patients, poor dental habits can affect jaw development. These habits can include thumb sucking, excessive pacifier use, and bottle feeding. When these habits are not addressed or stopped before the permanent teeth erupt, it can redirect pressure throughout teeth and can cause them to develop at an abnormal angle.
Dr. Sankey uses advanced technology and precise bite analysis testing to determine the structural cause of the overbite. In many cases, early intervention can correct poor dental habits in children and can reduce the risk of developing a more severe overbite. Our team may recommend two-phased treatment plans to correct the bite in developing jaws.
How Is An Overbite Treated?
Treating overbites will depend on the extent and severity of the malocclusion. Dr. Sankey will also consider a patient’s cosmetic goals and overall dental health. After a detailed consultation with Dr. Sankey, we can recommend the appropriate solution for your orthodontic needs. We offer a wide range of treatment options for patients of all ages. For young patients who are at risk of developing a pronounced overbite, our team may recommend two-phase treatment to realign the bite in developing jaws.
Treatment for overbites may include:
Flower Mound Orthodontics aims to provide long term support and effective solutions for patients with overbites. We provide age-appropriate solutions for patients of all ages. We understand that not all patients have had access to orthodontic treatment in their youth. For this reason, it is important to note that we offer effective, personalized treatment for adults who want to address their overbite.
Fix An Overbite in Flower Mound, TX
Through personalized solutions and patient education, the team at Flower Mound Orthodontics helps patients address their orthodontic concerns and get one step closer to a more aligned smile. To schedule an appointment, call 972.833.8212 or request an appointment online.