Overbite

Dr. Sidney M. Craft

Orthodontist located in Houston, TX & The Woodlands, TX

While some people manage to live with their overbite, you might not want to. In addition to the cosmetic concerns, an overbite can also lead to a number of oral health concerns. Sidney M. Craft, Jr., DDS, is an expert at treating overbites and has helped to improve the smiles of many patients in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas. To learn more about correcting your overbite, schedule an appointment today by calling the office nearest you or book a visit online.

Overbite Q & A

What is an overbite?

An overbite is a type of malocclusion (jaw misalignment) where the front upper teeth protrude out and over the lower front teeth. It’s commonly referred to as “buck teeth.”

People with less severe overbites can sometimes live with their malocclusion, though many people prefer to treat it for cosmetic purposes. More severe overbites can lead to a number of health risks.

What causes an overbite?

Overbites are most often hereditary and come from genetically inherited jaws that are uneven or small. There is a wide range of other factors that can lead to the development of this malocclusion, though, such as:

Non-nutritive sucking behavior (NNSB)

NNSB is any type of sucking motion that doesn’t provide nutrition, like sucking on a thumb or pacifier. When NNSB continues past the age of three or four, the constant pressure exerted by the sucking motion can cause the adult teeth to come in at an abnormal angle, leading to an overbite.

Tongue thrusting

Tongue thrusting is a habit of pressing the tongue too far forward in the mouth. It’s most common in children, but it can sometimes linger into adulthood as a bad habit.

Chronically swollen adenoids or tonsils, poor swallowing habits, or stress commonly cause tongue thrusting. While tongue thrusting most typically leads to the development of an open bite, it can sometimes cause an overbite instead.

Crowding of teeth

Overbites can develop in response to having extra teeth, impacted teeth, or tumors or cysts that push your upper front teeth forward and out.

Alternatively, an overbite can also develop if you have missing teeth, as holes in your smile can cause your teeth to shift out of alignment, which can affect the positioning of your front teeth.

Why should I correct my overbite?

Many people choose to correct their overbite for aesthetic reasons, but there are also a number of health complications that can arise from having a severe overbite, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing, chewing or speaking properly
  • Damage to other teeth and gums
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Changes in the appearance of your face

The negative impact of an overbite typically depends on how severe the overbite is. In some cases, treatment isn’t necessary, though Dr. Sidney M. Craft recommends it if the overbite is interfering at all with your confidence, daily activities, or oral health.

How do you treat an overbite?

There are a number of different ways that Dr. Sidney M. Craft can treat your overbite to enhance the appearance and function of your smile, such as:

  • Repositioning the alignment of your jaw and teeth with elastic wear
  • Extractions to make room for straightening your teeth
  • Using a rapid palatal expander to make more space in your dental ridge
  • Invisalign® clear plastic aligners

Don’t wait to treat your overbite. Schedule an appointment today with the orthodontic professionals at Dr. Sidney M. Craft and get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. You can book a visit by calling the office nearest you or using the convenient online tool.