Some dental patients that have overbite or underbite are concerned with how they can correct their smiles. Visually they may have crooked teeth, but there is more going on than just a little misalignment.
- Defining Overbite And Underbite
- What Is The Best Treatment For Overbite And Underbite?
- When To Seek Treatment For Overbite And Underbite
Overbite is a dental condition in which the teeth of the upper jaw protrude over the lip and the teeth of the lower jaw, while underbite is a condition in which the lower teeth extend outward farther than the upper front teeth. As with most dental conditions, the severity of having either of these can vary.
The severity of the condition is what really determines the possible treatment options for correction; therefore, each case should be treated uniquely. It is possible that some overbite and underbite cases may be more teeth related than jaw related. These tend to be more minor cases and in such cases, braces and even Invisalign may work to move teeth into their proper alignment.
In an underbite, braces work to bring your lower front teeth back while pushing your upper front teeth forward. In an overbite, the braces work to bring you upper front teeth back while pushing your lower teeth forward to correct the overbite. A cosmetic dentist may be able to utilize veneers or crowns to help with mild cases. For more information on cosmetic dentistry in St. George, click here.
Some overbites and underbites are more jaws related. These cases tend to be more severe in nature. The pressure on the different parts of the jaw is not evenly distributed which can cause problems with the temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). This occurs when these joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull, go out of alignment. This may result in jaw pain, headaches, earaches, or even clicking and popping of the jaw. Beyond TMJ disorders, such misalignment can also cause facial abnormalities, extended chin, tooth wear, and even tooth decay.
In these moderate to severe cases, treatment solutions are much more complicated and jaw surgery may be needed. It may take several years for correction to be completed. Cosmetic dentistry in these cases will not be a sole option, although they may be used in conjunction with other treatments.
Many adults wonder about the timing of treatment and whether or not they are still able to get treatment. While it can be beneficial to start fixing overbite or underbite at a young age, it is important to know that it is never too late for an adult to seek treatment. At younger ages the jaw is still growing, starting treatment at an early age may allow one to void more involved treatments like jaw surgery later in life, but sometimes surgery is still needed. The important thing is that you don’t let your age stop you from getting the treatment you need. It’s sad how many adults live with the long term effects of headaches and TMJ because they have preconceived notions that treatment won’t help them.
If you have been told that you have overbite or underbite, it is most important to seek out a knowledgable and experienced professional. While you might focus on your teeth specifically looking beautiful and boosting your confidence, it is important in such cases as these to address structural issues that are involved. Your specific case may involve working with a surgeon, orthodontist, and a cosmetic dentist to get the best results.
Since overbite and underbite are more involved than just correcting a few crowded teeth, you will want to steer clear of online cosmetic straightening products. Many of these claim to be able to make such changes for a fraction of the price and time, but again with the complexity of these cases, it is important to get proper treatment as these conditions have many negative long term effects. Online cosmetic straightening products and their “same” method for all can ultimately cause more harm than good.
Are you in the St. George, UT area? Are you wondering if your overbite or underbite can be corrected? Call our office at (435) 673-3363 or schedule an appointment online. As your St. George cosmetic dentist, we are knowledgable and experienced professionals. We are here to help you find the best treatment option for you!