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Braces for Overbite or Underbite

An overbite occurs when the upper jaw overlaps the lower jaw. It is usually a difference in jawbone alignment when the lower teeth and jaw are back too far. This type of misalignment could give you a shorter and rounder facial appearance. On the other hand, if you have an underbite, your jaw might protrude farther than ideal. An underbite occurs when the lower jaw pushes out further than the upper jaw, causing the lower teeth to extend farther than the upper teeth.

There are many causes of an overbite or underbite, such as genetics or having poor habits like thumb sucking, prolonged bottle feeding, or pacifier use in children. In adults, it can also result from grinding the teeth, biting the nails, or chewing on pens and pencils.

When it comes to fixing an overbite or an underbite, the first step is to meet with your local orthodontist to determine how important or serious your condition is. Sometimes, it may require orthodontic surgery to correct the misalignment. However, generally, it can often be treated without resorting to oral surgery.

Can braces fix an overbite or underbite?

Definitely! Braces are designed to help pull teeth into the correct position, and if your overbite or underbite is caused by teeth that are not in the right shape or right positions, braces can help to fix your overbite or underbite.

How does it work? In getting conventional braces, rubber bands or elastics are used to shift the jaw into a proper position. Don’t worry! The rubber bands attach to the brackets and are removable for when you eat and conduct your hygiene routine. You can also opt for clear braces if you want them to be less visible. Clear braces blend in with the natural color of your teeth. Overbite or underbite braces will twist, push, and move your teeth into a better alignment.

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