A deep overbite is a malocclusion that is recognized by an excessive degree of overlap of the upper and lower teeth. Although some overbites are hereditary, others are caused by a malformed jaw. Jaws grow unevenly under the pressure of certain habits when a child is young, resulting in an underdeveloped lower jaw or an overdeveloped upper jaw. Habits formed during early childhood, for example – such as thumb-sucking, prolonged bottle-feeding or tongue-thrusting – can cause this overbite. And habits developed later in life, such as eraserhead-chewing or nail-biting, can form an overbite as well.
HOW IS OVERBITE DIAGNOSED?
If you are facing symptoms like problems in chewing, talking and swallowing, your dentist may recommend a dental X ray to diagnose the issue. An orthodontist will also be included in the diagnosis so as to find out the exact type of misalignment which may have led to the overbite. This can be done with an impression of the teeth as well.
HOW IS OVERBITE TREATED?
Invisalign is a treatment option that relies on transparent, retainer-like aligners to shift teeth into place.
DID YOU KNOW?
An operation may be necessary in extreme cases of a debilitating overbite.