Feeling self-conscious about an overbite? An overbite is the term for when the top teeth excessively overlap the lower teeth. Most people will have a slight overbite of around 1 millimetre, but it’s when that overbite reaches 4 or more millimetres deep that it can affect the overall appearance of a person’s face, which can have an impact on their self-esteem.
The severity of the misalignment will differ from person to person, but when the overbite is deep, it can make the face look short and round and the chin look weak. It affects the appearance of the side profile, prematurely aging it. In some cases it can be associated with other physical issues including jaw pain, headaches, speech problems and the wearing down of tooth enamel.
Overbite correction can lengthen the face, make it appear more youthful and even make the lips look fuller. You’ll be amazed by the physical improvements and big boost in self-esteem once you have the perfect bite to suit your face. But you may be wondering: how do you correct an overbite?
Invisalign are the incognito dental aligners being used to straighten teeth and correct misaligned bites. Custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly, these aligners are comfortable, scarcely visible and gradually move your teeth based on a plan made by your orthodontist. This clear, plastic option means no metal or wires – you just pop the aligners on over your teeth and wait for the magic to happen. The best part is – it’s an option for all ages. Whether you’re 13 or 53, your overbite can be treated using Invisalign and, because the aligners are so subtle, no one will even know you’re being treated!
For kids and teenagers whose jaws are still growing, there is the option of removable appliances called plates. If a child or teen’s teeth are showing signs of growing into a deep overbite, plates are usually the first treatment option, as they use the natural growth potential of the patient to encourage the desired changes. Bionater plates are a popular option with children because they are painless and come in fun colours, glitter sparkles and even have a glow-in-the-dark option. Plates may need to be followed by treatment with braces.
Braces are an option for both kids and adults, depending on the severity of the condition. Braces work best for crooked teeth and slight overbites, which are caused more by the teeth than the overall position of the jaw. If the bite is too deep for braces to correct, a surgical option may need to be considered.