Oral Malocclusion: Overbite

September 19, 2013

An overbite is a very common type of oral malocclusion. It is essential to seek treatment if you have an overbite. Left unchecked, overbites can cause speech impediments, digestive problems, and soft tissue damage. Overbites also increase the odds of tooth decay and other oral health problems, since they can make brushing and flossing effectively more difficult.

In patients with an overbite, the upper teeth excessively cover over the lower teeth. This is caused by an imbalance of size between the horizontal and vertical plane between the upper and lower jaws. Although patients are most likely to think of overbites as protrusions, what orthodontists evaluate is how much the upper teeth cover the lower teeth. If your orthodontist says you have a 100 percent overbite, it means that your upper teeth completely cover your lower teeth.

Woman with Braces

Overbites are easy to fix with braces, and the result is a new, balanced smile. If you have an overbite, make an appointment with Dr. David Seligman at Seligman Orthodontics. You can reach our Park Avenue office by calling (646) 681-8516

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