Should I be Concerned About my Overbite? - Bruce Orthodontics Phillips Wisconsin

Should I be Concerned About my Overbite?

Are you wondering if you should be concerned about your overbite? If you are someone who is currently living with an overbite, then you may or may not be experiencing overbite problems. It will simply depend on how minor or how severe your overbite is when it comes to seeking professional dental treatment for correction reasons.

It really is essential that your teeth are straight and therefore in their correct positions for you to have a healthy mouth. If you have an overbite, making an appointment with a dental professional is the best way to find out if you need to be concerned.

What is an overbite?

An overbite is a type of malocclusion that occurs when the upper jaw overlaps the lower jaw. This misalignment causes the upper front teeth to extend out further than they are supposed to, over the bottom teeth. This can lead to someone experiencing many and various dental problems.

A majority of the time, an overbite is a trait that is passed down from generation to generation. However, it is possible that someone can get an overbite because their jaw is not properly formed. There are two very common reasons for someone’s jaw not forming properly. These are due to constant thumb sucking and the prolonged use of sucking on bottles or pacifiers.

Concerns about an overbite

The following is a list of three reasons why anyone living with an overbite should make an appointment with a dental professional as soon as possible to make sure that their overbite is not causing them to experience any dental problems. Another reason for seeking overbite treatment options is for cosmetic reasons, which can often be corrected by using orthodontics.

1. Tooth decay

When teeth are not in their proper place they are more likely to experience damage. This often includes enamel wear and even fractures.

2. Jaw pain

Jaw pain is a common complaint in those who are living with an overbite due to jaw misalignment. Continuing jaw pain often leads to one also experiencing headaches and can even lead to a TMJ diagnosis.

3. Gum damage

The teeth are not properly aligned when someone is living with an overbite. Because of this they often also experience gum damage, which will eventually lead to a gum disease diagnosis.

Are you currently living with an overbite?

If you are currently living with an overbite then make a consultation appointment as soon as possible. This is a great idea so you can find out whether or not it is causing you dental issues. If you are already experiencing one of the above problems due to your overbite and for that reason know that you are in need of orthodontic treatment, then calling us to make an appointment at your soonest convenience is recommended. And the sooner the better, especially if you are already experiencing tooth decay, jaw pain or gum damage.

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