An overbite is a common dental condition. People with overbites have the upper part of their jaw is misaligned over the lower jaw. This makes the top row of teeth protrude beyond the bottom row of teeth.
Overbites are very common, with most people having them in small degrees. Misalignment of the teeth is usually caused by genetics, but children who suck their thumbs as adult teeth form increase their risk of developing an overbite.
The majority of overbites are not a serious concern and do little more than disrupt the “perfect smile.” When the condition is extreme, though, there may be cause for concern. Major overbites can affect a person’s bite, which can then lead to jaw pain and increased wear and tear on the tooth enamel. Extreme overbites may also cause a person to develop a speech impediment.
Dental braces and Invisalign are common treatments for overbite issues. More serious cases may require tooth extraction or surgery to pull back the jaw to align with the upper teeth. These procedures are usually only performed when absolutely necessary, however.
Do you have more questions about overbites? Contact the professionals at DentaLux today!