An overbite refers to an orthodontic condition in which the top teeth are positioned in front of the bottom teeth when the mouth is at rest. An overbite can lead to a number of oral health issues, including jaw pain and tooth decay, but the good news is that the problem can be resolved in a number of ways. One of the most popular ways in which an overbite is addressed is with the use of braces. Read on to find out how braces can help, and what other options are available…
Braces are one of the most effective options when it comes to treating an overbite. Traditional braces involve the use of metal or ceramic brackets that are attached directly to the teeth and connected with wires. They work by exerting pressure on the teeth, shifting them into new positions over time. They also affect the shape of the jaw, which gradually adapts to the pressure of the braces.
If you have an overbite, your orthodontist may recommend that you have braces fitted. The type of braces that suit you best will depend on the extent of your bite-related problem.
In some cases, clear aligners may be a suitable treatment for an overbite. Clear aligners are custom-made to fit over the teeth. Like braces, they apply pressure to the teeth, which forces them into better alignment.
Clear aligners are a popular option for patients who would like a more discreet alternative to traditional braces, as well as those who would like a convenient and comfortable treatment. Your orthodontist will let you know if clear aligners are suitable for you, depending on the severity of your overbite.
In the case of a severe overbite, your orthodontist may recommend that you have jaw surgery. Although braces and clear aligners can resolve a range of issues, very complex jaw problems are sometimes better treated with surgery. If you are a suitable candidate for jaw surgery, you may need to wear braces after the procedure to achieve optimal results.
If you have an overbite, there are a number of benefits to seeking treatment. By straightening your teeth and resolving your bite-related issue, you are likely to experience improved oral function. Actions like biting and chewing will be easier and more comfortable, and you will likely feel relief from any jaw pain that you have been struggling with.
A severe overbite can lead to issues like wear and tear of the teeth, as well as gum damage so by resolving the problem, you will be able to improve your overall oral health.
There are also aesthetic advantages of undergoing orthodontic treatment for an overbite — once you have completed your treatment, you can expect a straighter, more beautiful smile.
At iSmile Orthodontics, we offer a range of orthodontic solutions for patients with an overbite, including braces and clear aligners.
We offer both traditional metal braces and ceramic braces, both of which are effective and popular treatments. We use a self-litigating method to hold the wires in place for all our bracket systems, which helps to move the teeth faster and improves the durability of the wires. To find out more about the braces that we provide at iSmile Orthodontics, please have a look here.
When it comes to clear aligners, we offer Invisalign, which involves the use of custom-made aligners. Our specialist orthodontists are certified elite preferred providers for Invisalign and are registered with Invisalign Australia. To find out more about Invisalign, what the treatment involves, and its benefits, please have a look here.
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