Is Having an Overbite Unhealthy?

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If your lower and upper jaws and/or teeth are not aligned and your upper front teeth cover your lower front teeth, you may have an overbite. Although overbites are typically caused by genetics, they may also occur if your jaw has not formed properly. If you used to suck your thumb or used a pacifier for too long, your overbite may be particularly bothersome.

While an overbite may make you feel self-conscious about your smile, it can also lead to a number of dental and health issues if it’s left untreated. If your overbite is severe, your lower front teeth may contact the gum line in the back of the upper front teeth while the upper front teeth may hit the gum line of the lower front teeth. This may lead to gum recession, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Your overbite may also make it difficult for you to speak an articulate certain words. You may find chewing to be a challenge as well. In addition, an overbite may cause chronic jaw pain and headaches and TMJ dislocation.

After a thorough exam, our highly trained and experienced dentists can determine the severity of your overbite and recommend a treatment option. In most cases, orthodontic treatment such as traditional metal braces or Invisalign is necessary. Orthodontic treatment can correct your smile and help prevent the problems mentioned above.

Contact Costa Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have an overbite, it is in your best interest to schedule an appointment at our office by calling 703-439-1214.