Aligners for Overbites
An overbite occurs when your teeth don’t align properly, causing your upper teeth to protrude outwards and overlap your bottom teeth.1
Causes of Overbites
In many cases, overbites are a hereditary misalignment that results from a particular jaw shape or tooth size and spacing. Other causes of overbites may include:1
- Teeth grinding
- Nail biting
- Thumb sucking
- Tongue thrusting
- Pacifier overuse
A possible solution to the problem is to use aligners for overbite correction.
Side Effects of an Overbite
You might think an overbite is simply a cosmetic problem, but there are other negative effects that may be cause for concern. For some people, overbites may cause difficulty breathing, pain while chewing, jaw disorders like TMJ, speech problems, gum disease, and tooth decay.1 To avoid or correct these side effects, you need to treat the source of the condition.
Treatment for Overbites
The treatment for overbites in adults is slightly different from the treatment of overbites in children. Adults may benefit from braces or aligners, jaw alignment surgery, and retainers to maintain alignment after treatment. If behaviors such as nail-biting or thumb-sucking are the cause of the overbite, behavioral therapy could help prevent future occurrences.1