The vertical measure of the maxillary and mandibular anterior overlap is known as an overbite. A normal overbite is usually 2 mm to 3 mm. Increased overbite is known as deep bite, and reduced or no overbite is an open bite. Both deep bite and open bite are malocclusions that need to be corrected. Overbite can be skeletal or dental. Ideal overbite can be achieved with orthodontic treatment with braces, Invisalign, retainers, headgears, and surgery.
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My two front teeth are bigger than the rest, with an overbite. How can I align my teeth?
Query: Hello, I have an overbite. I do not know if it is as serious as I think, but it aggravates me. My two front teeth are bigger than the rest. I want to fix it the best way I can, and I do not want Invisalign. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. It would be best to visit an orthodontist if you feel sensitivity and pain in the lower anterior (front teeth) affecting your jaw. If it is not creating any problems, you can fix it anytime. If you want to make yo... Read Full »
My daughter has an overbite and protruding chin. Can this be corrected with braces?
Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is 14 years old and is concerned about her protruding chin. She also has an overbite. Can braces treatment help in solving this issue? Kindly give your suggestions. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Orthodontic treatment is not just about the teeth and their alignment but also dentofacial corrections. The assistance of other methods, along with braces is required to correct her face and teeth alignment. I suggest you share the following p... Read Full »
My overbite worsened once I stopped wearing my retainer regularly. How to treat it?
Query: Hi doctor, After having my braces off, I stopped wearing my retainer regularly, and gradually, my overbite worsened. So I was wondering if it would help the overbite if I bought orthodontic elastics online, put them in the hooks of my retainer, and wore them regularly again? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As per your description, there is a relapse of overbite. Overbite retention after the treatment is critical, and you must take precautions even after debonding to prevent relapse. I will not suggest you purchase elastics or anything online and d... Read Full »
I am 15 years old with mild overbite and I wanted to fix them now. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have a mild overbite, and it is getting harder and harder to close my mouth, looking like a chipmunk trying to hide its food. I am currently 15 years old and want to get it treated as soon as possible, but my parents advised me to wait till I am at least 18 because there are some hea... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have an open bite. Lesser overbite is a cause of an open bite. It causes difficulty in swallowing and, in some cases, leads to tongue thrust habit, resulting in protrusion of upper and lower anterior teeth, and spacing could occur between teeth. Molar relation with... Read Full »
I am a 15-year-old with an overbite problem. Can I get them treated now or wait until I am 18 years?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a mild overbite, and it is getting harder and harder to close my mouth, looking like a chipmunk. I am 15 years old and want to get it treated, but my parents advised me to wait until I am 18 because there are some health hazards. So should I wait for another three years, or is it... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are not so many age restrictions nowadays regarding orthodontics treatment. It can be initiated as early as seven years and done as late as 40 years. But, of course, it depends on the severity of the malocclusion to be addressed. At 15 years of age, you can un... Read Full »
Do I need braces for a slight overbite?
Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago, I purchased a set of four top and bottom retainers (eight total) that I wear to keep my teeth in place after braces. Earlier this week, I had to get a root canal done, but I have not yet had a crown made for the molar. When I get the crown, will it alter the shape or... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For the root canal done tooth, you can not leave it like that; it must be protected, or you will end up with a new problem. What you can do to continue using the same retainers - is to request your dentist to shape the crown in the best possible way to fit the retainer.... Read Full »
Do I need braces for slight overbite?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a slight overbite. Should I still consider braces? My bottom teeth are fine but are still a little forward. If I did get braces, how long would I be wearing them? Will the dentist ever say no to me wanting to get braces? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I will help you solve the issues. Orthodontic braces can correct the overbite. However, the average orthodontic treatment time takes about one year and six months of retainer. Certain overbite does not need orthodontic treatment if it does not affect esthetics. Howeve... Read Full »
When is the extraction of permanent teeth needed in orthodontic treatment?
Query: Hi doctor, My son has overcrowding and overbite issues and has been recommended to get teeth extracted for braces. But, I am very nervous about removing permanent teeth and their long-term side effects. What can I do? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and OPG (orthopantomogram) attachment (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is crowding, but I cannot predict the severity of crowding from OPG. Clinical examination and photographs are necessary. One has ... Read Full »
My daughter has crooked teeth with overbite. What to do?
Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 15 years old. She has crooked bottom teeth and overbite. Also, her molars have overlapped at the back, so that the baby tooth is still on top of the adult tooth. Otherwise, her teeth are fine. But, she is not happy with her smile. Does she need braces? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern regarding your daughter's dental health. First of all, I would like to advise you to consult good orthodontist for the diagnosis of the crooked tooth and needful treatment of the same teeth by taking the x-ray of the same tooth. If the baby ... Read Full »
How do you correct a Class 2 malocclusion?
Query: Hello doctor,I am 22 years old male. I had a Class 2 overbite issue due to a short mandible. My functional orthodontist started twin block therapy. I have read few medical articles about how they work. Twin blocks cause retroclination of maxilla incisors and proclination of mandible incisors. Person... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate that you have studied and undergone so many articles about the twin block. Yes, it causes proclination of mandibular teeth and retroclination of maxillary teeth. But the advantage you are having is you are in the phase of active growth, so the movement o... Read Full »