Causes of an overbite
In many cases, an overbite is due to the underdevelopment of the lower jaw causing it to be shorter than the upper jaw. Having missing, extra, or impacted teeth may even change the development of your jaw since your remaining teeth begin to shift; affecting the position of your front teeth, and leading to an overbite.
Well, we might not want to believe it but what we do as a child can affect us when we’re older even habits like thumb-sucking or nonnutritive sucking behaviour (NNSB). In other words, discourage your child from thumb-sucking and the usage of a pacifier past the age of 3.
Symptoms of an overbite
Straightening your overbite could help with the string of issues you may be facing such as:
- The struggle of chewing food since your teeth don’t meet optimally. The extra effort put into chewing (or “masticating” if you’re bougie like that) can also create tension in your jaw. Decidedly not fun.
- Thinner and weaker teeth due to constant chewing at the back of your mouth. Bacteria may easily grow and have the risk of pain or difficulty chewing over time.
- Buck teeth and overbites can lead to pain or clicking sounds when you move your jaw, which can be more than a little uncomfortable.
- Speaking more with your tongue so you can’t speak as clearly or pronounce certain vowels. You might even develop a lisp!
Treatments for an overbite
Fortunately, invisible braces can help correct your overbite. Your dentist may advise you to extract some teeth, as having too many teeth may be the reason why your front teeth are being pushed forward.
For your overbite, braces also apply pressure on your teeth to move into new positions that reduce the appearance of your buck teeth.
If you cringe at the thought of looking like an awkward teenager in front of your colleagues in the office, there are invisible braces you can wear so nobody can tell you’re wearing braces.
Of course, the less aesthetic way – traditional metal braces can also help slowly move your teeth into alignment. However, it may cause ulcers and definitely disrupt your day-to-day activities.
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