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March 28, 2024

Reasons to Have Your Overbite Corrected

Close up of Invisalign over teethFew people have straight teeth or perfect bites naturally. Misaligned teeth can influence your self-esteem and dental health, but those aren’t the only concerns. Alignment issues can also affect your bite, which is the relationship between your upper and lower arches when your mouth is closed. If your jaws don’t fit together correctly, it can affect your appearance and oral functions. An overbite is a common problem that occurs when the upper teeth overlap the lower arch. If you’ve been putting off getting braces, here are a few reasons to fix your overbite, sooner rather than later.

Improve Your Oral Health

Alignment problems can make it more difficult to keep your teeth clean. Brushing and flossing won’t be as effective, increasing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other issues. In some situations, overbites can lead to gum recession from your lower teeth biting into the roof of your mouth. Over time, it can expose your tooth roots, which can cause sensitivity and even tooth loss.

Speak Clearly and Confidently

The positions of your teeth are important for more than a beautiful smile. Your teeth also influence your ability to pronounce words and sounds by pushing your tongue against your teeth. If your teeth overlap too much, it can interfere with making certain sounds clearly.

Improved Oral Functions

A poor bite can affect your ability to chew comfortably. You might avoid certain foods because they are too difficult to eat. Over time, this can lead to nutritional deficiencies that can harm your health. 

Prevent Enamel Loss

It’s normal for your teeth to overlap some, but if the space is too large, you can be at risk of enamel loss. Your teeth will slide past each other, slowly damaging your enamel, which won’t grow back. You can experience cavities, tooth discoloration, and sensitivity.

Options to Fix Your Overbite

Traditional metal braces can correct the most complex bite and alignment issues. A system of brackets and wires moves your teeth into position to balance your bite. However, you may also be a candidate for Invisalign. 

Clear aligners are worn over your teeth for 22 hours per day to apply continual pressure. Your teeth will move in small increments using a virtually invisible method.

Your dentist can improve your dental health and quality of life by correcting your overbite. It’s never too late to invest in a straight smile.

About Dr. James Olsen

Dr. Olsen earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and has regularly continued his education in various specialties, like cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and reconstructive dentistry. He is a proud member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment online or call his office at (734) 526-4762.

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