Do you have an overbite? It’s when the upper set of teeth does not align with the lower set of teeth because of protrusion. While a small amount is normal, too much can cause serious problems for your oral health and confidence. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can protect your teeth and jaws from any issues that an overbite can cause. In this blog post, you’ll learn a few reasons why you should have your overbite corrected.
Improve Facial Aesthetics
If you have an overbite, it may seem like the upper teeth are too far forward. However, the reality is that the lower teeth are set too far back. It can cause you to look like you have a weak chin and may even give you the appearance of “buck teeth”. By correcting your overbite with orthodontic treatment, you can give your face a more balanced and attractive appearance.
Protect Your Oral Health
When accompanied by overcrowding, a significant overbite can make it difficult to thoroughly clean your teeth. Over time, plaque and bacteria can accumulate in your mouth, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In some cases, an overbite can even cause gum recession because the lower teeth press into the roof of the mouth, negatively affecting the health of the soft oral tissues. With orthodontia, you can address the issue and make it easier to properly brush and floss your teeth.
Improve Your Speech
For some people, an overbite can lead to a lisp or whistle as you speak. As you can imagine, this can adversely affect one’s confidence in social settings. It can make it harder to be yourself when meeting new people or giving a presentation in front of a group. By fixing the alignment of your teeth and jaws, you can correct the underlying cause of your speech issues.
Prevent Enamel Erosion
When teeth overlap too much, they can slide past each other and cause enamel wear. While this doesn’t happen with everyone, it can still be a serious issue for some. It leads to the need for dental work to replace the missing enamel. By correcting your overbite, you can protect and improve the health, function, and appearance of your smile.
As you can see, correcting an overbite has many advantages. Contact your dentist today and ask about your orthodontic treatment options – you won’t regret it!
About the Practice
At Sachse Family Dentistry, we strive to provide high-quality and comprehensive services to patients of all ages. Our goal is to help everyone achieve their healthiest, happiest smile. If you want to correct your overbite, don’t hesitate to ask about our options. You can reach us via our website or call (972) 848-0073.