Q. What are the treatment options available for overbite?

Answered by
Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 28, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have currently researched the issue and symptoms of overbites in humans. I do think I fit in that category and was wondering if to correct this problem I would need jaw surgery. I have had braces for 3 years and have seen results but not to my preference. That treatment is over and I am now 19. Please advise.

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Hi,

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I went through your query. As a specialist I would like to help you. Overbite is also known as deep bite. Upper jaw covers the lower jaw. Mostly due to proclined upper jaw. Normal orthodontic treatment solves the problem.

But if the lower jaw is shorter (identified upon seeing the side profile of face), we advice bite plates for 4-6 months depending upon the progess, as the upper jaw stops locking the lower jaw, the lower jaw starts growing till the age of 20 years and correct itself. Looking natural. Orthognathic surgery is done in Type 3 molar occlusion (not for over bite), for cases where the lower jaw is longer in comparison to upper jaw to reduce the length of lower jaw and match is with upper jaw. Followed by braces if needed.

So in your case, you do not need any surgery as it is done only to recuce the size of lower jaw and upper arch is not involved in the surgery to avoid complication. If you are not satisfied with your treatmemt done, get another orthodontist and wear the bite plate atleast till you are 20 that would provide enough room for the lower jaw to grow and match your expectation. You can also upload me an image of your facial side profile and I would let you know whats the situation and whats more needed to be done.


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