While everybody wants a perfect set of teeth, only a few have. The rest tend to have a form or degree of malocclusion or teeth misalignment.
There are many kinds of malocclusion depending on the teeth’s position and jaw formation. Overbite is common.
What Is an Overbite?
An overbite is the overlapping of the upper and lower front teeth. In this case, the upper is more forward than the lower, or there’s a protrusion of the mouth. It can be unnoticeable or prominent, depending on the deepness. An overbite of 4 millimetres is considered deep.
You can develop overbite for two reasons: habits and genetics. In genetics, the issue is with the jaw formation. It could be the lower jaw needs to be longer. Overbites are also more likely to develop when you have bad oral habits when you’re young. This is especially true for people who used pacifiers for years or who thumb-sucked as babies.
Adults can develop the problem if they love to chew on objects or bite their nails. The condition can worsen if you’re prone to teeth grinding.
What Happens When You Have an Overbite?
An overbite actually changes the appearance of the face. It can appear rounder and your chin smaller and sometimes recessed. In other words, it can age the appearance.
Misaligned jaws, can also develop into temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Sufferers of TMJ often feel chronic jaw pain that can affect the way they eat, speak, and do their daily activities. They are also more susceptible to teeth problems such as tooth loss and decay.
Fortunately, correct overbites can be corrected. Although many people have a fear of dentists, dentists like Gentle Dental Care are one of the new breed of dentists offering treatments geared towards nervous patients. Usually, after the orthodontist has assessed your condition, he or she may recommend one of the many new techniques available to align teeth. Many, work on the principle of applying a gentle but consistent pressure to teeth. It may take some time, but in the long run, correcting overbite is worth it.