Overbite Correction

Overbite is a dental term used to describe a bite misalignment.  Technically, an overbite is the extent, measured in millimeters or as a percentage; to which there is an overlap of the upper front teeth (maxillary central incisors) over the lower front teeth (mandibular central incisors). Basically, these front teeth are used to shear or cut into food as you chew.  If you've ever looked at your own front teeth in a mirror, you’ll notice that these teeth have no cusps, but rather sharp edges or ridges.  In the majority of overbite cases, bite correction involves braces.  In cases of excessive overbite, a person’s upper front teeth reach far down over the lower front teeth.  Extreme examples are when a person’s lower front teeth actually cut into the roof of the mouth.  Bite correction for excessive overbite may involve a combination of jaw … [Read more...]

Overbite Correction

I Have an Overbite. Now What? Have you finally decided to do something about your overbite? Solid training and loads of dental experience are what overbite patients should look for in a cosmetic dentist or an orthodontist. This must be paired with a personal commitment to do your research, ask lots of questions, and be meticulous in following protocol once treatment has started. In a normal mouth, teeth are aligned so that the upper arch fits slightly over the lower teeth. The molars on the top fit into the topography of the molars on the bottom in an ideal occlusion. This is not the case with an overbite patient. An overbite, also known as a “Class 2 malocclusion,” is characterized by an ill-matched set of dental arches in which the top teeth overhang the bottom teeth in a pronounced way. The medical term is “retrognathism.” An … [Read more...]