How can I correct my overbite?

For those who maybe embarrassed about their smile because of an overbite, rest assured. There are many ways to fix this common condition.
An overbite is when the top row of teeth partially covers the bottom row. Overbites are generally minor, but some require orthodontics to correct. The severity of an overbite is measured as a percentage. For example, a 100 percent overbite would mean that the top row of teeth completely covers the bottom row. This is typically an easy problem to correct.
New innovations in dental technology, such as the Invisalign teeth straightening process and clear braces, have increased the number of teens and adults wanting to fix their overbite. With these options, it’s easier than ever to fix an overbite that maybe causing you unnecessary pain or embarrassment.

Surprisingly, most people have some percentage of an overbite. It’s usually not serious enough to require professional dental attention, so they just choose to live with it.

Effects of an Overbite

While many people with an overbite are concerned about the way it affects their smile or appearance, this condition can also trigger other health issues. If left untreated, a severe overbite can cause problems ranging from jaw misalignment to teeth and gum disease.

Some health risks associated with an overbite include:

  • Wearing of the tooth enamel —an overbite increases the wear and tear on our teeth, giving rise to tooth decay and even gum disease
  • Damaged upper gums — misaligned lower teeth can undercut the upper ones, causing damage to the gums and palate over time
  • Change in appearance —an overbite can alter the appearance of the face, jaw and neck, which may impact self-esteem
  • Difficulty chewing — chewing or biting food can be a challenge if jaws or teeth are misaligned

What are my treatment options?

An exam to evaluate your bite is the first step in the treatment process. Most overbites can be corrected with braces and/or Invisalign. To schedule an orthodontic exam with Dr. McIntosh, visit our scheduling page. We provide stress-free overbite correction for patients in the Orlando area.