An overbite or a misaligned set of top teeth that jut out much more than the bottom teeth is most often seen as an aesthetic problem that won't cause too many other issues in life. That's not always the case, though.
There are actual risks to your dental health caused by an overbite, and that's something that we urge our patients to consider when evaluating whether or not to get corrective braces put on.
Consider the Impact on Dental Health in the Future
While an overbite may not seem like a huge problem, if it is severe enough, it can lead to uneven tooth wear and the eventual exposure of the dentin layer of the tooth and the need for more dental work. Over time the teeth will wear out faster and will likely need to be crowned or protected in some other way. Those are all issues that could be avoided with corrective early on enough in life.
Is the Overbite Severe?
We urge everyone suffering from an overbite to come into our office to talk about the severity of the condition and whether or not it could cause problems later on in life. Some overbites are minor and only aesthetic issues that will not result in uneven tooth wear. Others are severe enough that they will cause issues over time and should be corrected for optimal tooth health.
We walk all our patients through their misalignment treatment options and will explain the steps to correct an overbite from start to finish to them during the consultation. An overbite is generally corrected with braces or retainers.
The process can take a year or more depending on severity, but it will improve both the aesthetic of the teeth as well as the function. If you suffer from an overbite that you are concerned about, we urge you to come into the office to find out what we can do for you today.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (602) 842-4864 today.