Published on March 5, 2022, Updated on March 28, 2022

Many individuals choose to live with an overbite rather than address it. For example, late rock singer Freddie Mercury chose to preserve and accept his significant overbite. Others just want to increase their occlusion (dentistry) in order to improve their aesthetic look. Others, however, may need treatment to prevent problems such as jaw disorders and tooth and gum damage.

What is an Overbite?

When the upper teeth protrude too far beyond the lower teeth, this is known as an overbite. Most individuals have a little overbite, which isn’t obvious and doesn’t interfere with their biting or dental health.

Tempromandibular joint disorder and damage to the teeth can happen when the condition is too bad. Severe buck teeth can also change the shape of the face, which can cause psychological problems and low self-esteem. Our dentist at Belmar Orthodontics can straighten your teeth and get rid of overbite for good. More about missing teeth.

What Causes Buck Teeth?

A lot of the time, the cause is hereditary and can be passed down through generations. But there are also things outside of your body that can make your teeth move.

Thumb Sucking

thumb sucking is typical for a child, but if it persists into three or four years of age and while the child’s permanent teeth are developing, the pressure created by sucking the finger might cause the permanent teeth to emerge at an incorrect angle.

Pacifier

Sucking a pacifier may induce it in the same manner that thumb sucking does. Pacifier usage increases the risk of malocclusion, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association in 2016.

Tongue-thrusting

When the tongue moves far forward in the mouth, the teeth frequently migrate forward as well. This often occurs in an open bite malocclusion, although it may also generate buck teeth.

Teeth Grinding

A lot of people don’t even know that they grind their teeth. Many people grind their teeth while they sleep. Overbite is often caused by bruxism, which can cause pain in the jaw and head. Teeth grinding can also lead to early wear of the tooth enamel, which leads to tooth decay later in life. See more on teeth grinding.

Missing or Impacted Teeth

When the spacing or crowding of the teeth is too big or small, the front teeth can be out of place and not line up. You can move your teeth over time if you lose a tooth or two. This makes your teeth move in different ways.

As a result, not having enough room for the teeth can also make them not line up properly.

Genetics

Some individuals are born with an uneven jaw or a tiny upper or lower jaw. An overbite is inherited, so if your parents, siblings, or relatives have one, you may as well.

Tumors and cysts of the mouth or jaw

Tumors and cysts in the mouth or jaw may disrupt tooth alignment and the structure of your mouth and jaw. This happens when there is chronic swelling or growth in the soft tissue or bony area of the upper region of the mouth, causing the jaw to move forward.

Tumors and cysts in the mouth and jaw may cause problems with tooth alignment and the anatomy of your mouth and jaw. This occurs when there is persistent swelling or growth in the soft tissue or bony regions of the upper portion of the mouth, causing the jaw to protrude.

Learn about overbite correction with invisalign.

Types of Overbites

Vertical – This is a condition in which the upper teeth greatly overlap the lower teeth.

Horizontal – This occurs when the upper teeth protrude over the bottom teeth.

It’s conceivable for a patient to have both vertical and horizontal overbite symptoms. It may also be classified as skeletal or dental. When the teeth cause buck teeth, it’s a dental issue. A skeletal ailment occurs when the jaw is the source of the problem. This is addressed by clear aligners. See more on clear braces to correct overbite.

What issues does Overbites can cause?

If left untreated, this condition may lead to tooth loss, crowding concerns, flossing and brushing difficulty, discomfort when eating, crossbite, headaches, gum disease, and periodontal disease. To keep your mouth healthy, you’ll need to practice good dental hygiene and see a dentist on a regular basis. Learn more about buck teeth smile and underlying jaw problem.

Fixing Buck Teeth/Treatment for Overbite

In most cases, you will need orthodontic treatment since medicine alone will not be able to solve the problem. Because a child’s jaw is still developing, it is simpler to treat. Adults, on the other hand, will have a difficult time, as if they had not received any therapy up to this point. Symptoms will be more severe.

In any scenario, the expert will evaluate the region and provide recommendations for therapy. These therapies may continue up to two years, and in some cases, much longer. Read about fixing overbite hidden braces.

Here are some dental treatments that your orthodontist (one of several medical specialties) could suggest:

Children:

  • The baby teeth are removed to create place for the permanent ones to emerge.
  • To improve the position of the jaw, a growth modification device is used.
  • Dental Braces
  • Retainer (orthodontics)

Adults:

  • Braces are the most effective way to treat this issue.
  • Extraction of teeth – your orthodontist may attempt to avoid this treatment and will only recommend it if the situation is extremely bad.
  • Surgery is indicated for skeletal-related issues.

Belmar Orthodontics can help treat your overbite and get you the smile you always wanted.

When there are solutions available, don’t put up with an overbite. Make an appointment now to discover what it will take to have you smiling brightly and in good dental health.