Causes, Problems and Treatment for Overbites

Treatment for overbites
An overbite, or the excessive protrusion of the upper teeth, is surprisingly common. In fact,  general bite problems are the leading dental issue in children. Overbites affect your facial structure, predispose you to dental injuries and can cause self-cautiousness. Fortunately, there are various treatments for overbites that are relatively simple. 


What Causes an Overbite?

Often, an overbite is so minor, it’s barely noticeable; but in severe overbite cases, the top jaw looks significantly larger. Many things may cause an overbite to develop:
  • Genetics
  • Improper jaw development
  • Extended use of a pacifier, bottle, or sippy cup
  • Bad habits including tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, chewing on nails or other hard objects

Problems Caused by Overbites:

Some of the issues that may arise from overbites may be:
  • Challenges with eating, biting and chewing
  • Speech issues
  • Increased chances of dental trauma during everyday activities
  • Tissue trauma

Treatment for Overbites:

While it’s possible to treat an overbite at any age successfully, it is easier to correct the issue in children while their jaws are still developing. A dental overbite indicates that the teeth are the issue, while a skeletal overbite suggests that the jaw is the problem. Depending on the type you are dealing with will often dictate the treatment for overbites.


  • Your orthodontist will first take x-rays, pictures, and impressions to assess the relationship between teeth and jaws.
  • Braces or Invisalign are used to correct the teeth, while rubber bands, springs or headgear are often combined with braces to improve the overbite. 
  • Once the teeth are aligned and spaced correctly, your orthodontist will create a custom-fitted retainer to ensure your teeth remain in the corrected position.

Early treatment of overbites are usually our recommendation, but it’s never too late to correct your overbite and improve your quality of life!

Give us a call at 847-831-1100 to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns or treatment options. 

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