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Overbite: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Overbite is also referred to as gap tooth, protruding tooth, vertical overlap and vertical overbite.

How is the treatment done?

Overbite is referred to the condition in which there is an excessive overlapping of the lower teeth by the upper teeth. The condition is recognised by a kind of malocclusion. The overlapping happens over a degree of about 1 or 2 millimetres and the severe overlapping, also known as vertical overbite can happen about 4 to 10 millimetres deep.

Overlapping of one set of teeth over the other can cause the shape of the jaw to be affected It is hence necessary to correct overlapping of the teeth as it can help perfect the structure of the jaw and the face. It can also prevent the individual from grinding and increasing the issue of overlapping further.

In cases of deep overbites, the chin is generally pushed back by the teeth towards the jaw joint. It can further cause symptoms such as neck pains, jaw pains, clenching of teeth, grinding of teeth, and make the individual’s face appear short or round.

Overbites are common and can be caused due to hereditary or genetic factors. They can also be caused due to natural eruption of teeth. It is hard for an individual to catch the best bite since teeth keep erupting throughout the growing years of an individual and only stop when the growing teeth hits an erupted tooth.

Overbites can make individuals look 10 or 15 years older than their actual age as it affects the facial features of the person and hence should be corrected immediately.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Overbites can be generally corrected with the help of braces. Bite adjustments improve an individual’s quality of life by manifolds. Without overbite correction, a patient’s speech also gets affected making it stay unclear for the longest time.

Headgear is also an option used by many to correct the position and structure of an overbite. It helps the upper jaw to match with the lower jaw. It can however give the onlooker the appearance of fake teeth.

Elastics can be attached depending upon the teeth and jaw we want to make set. This makes the upper jaw come out, making the lower jaw come in. Elastics can be used in mild cases and shows immediate results.

Non surgical jaw enhancement treatment can also be used to cure overbites. It can be used on an individual who has aggravated his or her symptoms by grinding of the teeth. The jaw enhancement treatment pushes the protruding upper jaw back in place making the facial features of the individual stand out. It makes the affected individual look years younger.

Deep overbite correction can also help individuals make a difference to their appearance. A little on the expensive side, this treatment is highly beneficial for those opting to make a difference to their face. It can be utilised by patients having a severe case of overbites.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Any individual suffering from a condition of overbite after passing the growing years is eligible to have the treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Children who have not reached their growing years or not fully developed their set of teeth are not eligible for this treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Yes there are quite a few side effects for this condition. Overbites can cause TMJ or jaw pains, tooth pain, neck pains, neck twisting, disproportional alignment of the jaw in comparison to the face, teeth clenching or grinding, make the face look short and round and can also make the individual look older than he or she actually is.

How long does it take to recover?

The individual has to make sure to avoid any force on the teeth and jaw. He or she also needs to take care while brushing the teeth, and chewing hard food items.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Mild cases of overbite correction can take upto 8 months to a year whereas severe cases can take upto a year or more to completely heal.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The price of treatment of overbites in India goes upto Rs. 2 lakhs or more depending upon the severity of the condition in an individual.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Yes, the results of the treatment are permanent.

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