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February 22, 2017

How Do Braces Fix An Overbite?

One of the most common orthodontic problems, or maloclussions, that our Burien and West Seattle orthodontist treats is an overbite. An overbite is when the upper teeth overlap more than half of the lower teeth when biting down. A serious, deep overbite can make it difficult to properly chew food and can even result in damage to the teeth or gums as the lower teeth can strike the back of the upper teeth or gums.


The cause of overbites is often hereditary. However, overbites can also stem from poor childhood habits like tongue-thrusting, nail-biting and prolonged thumb-sucking or pacifier use.


Overbite Correction


While there is no age limit on when an overbite can be treated successfully with orthodontic care, this problem is easier to remedy in younger children because their jaws are not yet fully developed. In some cases when the overbite is skeletal in nature and the patient is an adult, surgery may be required to reposition the jaw. Some severe overbites may require tooth extraction, so the remaining teeth can shift into their correct positions more easily.


Once an orthodontist conducts a thorough examination, the best course of treatment to take for an overbite will be determined based on the patient’s unique misalignment. Braces with (elastic bands) are typically used to move the teeth into their correct positions.


Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Peralta Today


If you or your child has an overbite, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Peralta. At your first visit with us, Dr. Peralta will examine your teeth and bite and then speak with you about his findings along with any proposed treatment. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve the healthy and attractive smile you deserve!