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Can Braces Fix An Overbite?

An overbite is a type of jaw misalignment or what we call malocclusion. It’s a common condition where the upper jaw is incorrectly aligned with the lower jaw. An overbite occurs when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth more than expected.

While some may have some minor amount of overbite that does not cause any harm or problems, there are other cases where the overbite is quite severe. If left untreated, it can pose significant problems and complications in the future.

Can braces fix an overbite?

Yes! It’s actually one of the most common methods for doing so. Braces can correct bite problems and reposition misaligned and crowded teeth properly with the help of different types of tooth movement and attachments such as brackets, wires, elastics, and springs. They put an appropriate force on teeth, and this pressure pulls the teeth into the correct position and straightens them to correct the overbite.

In some cases wherein braces alone will not typically fix an overbite, orthodontists usually use braces in conjunction with one or more of the following:

  • Rubber bands

  • Palatal expander

  • Jaw surgery

  • Tooth extraction

Braces, along with these companion appliances, can sometimes be necessary to fully align your teeth. Should you need jaw surgery or tooth extraction, your orthodontist will also use braces in conjunction with those procedures to fully fix an overbite.

Every person’s condition is unique, so there is really no hard and fast rule for how long braces treatment will be for an overbite. However, braces work fast than the other methods to fix an overbite and correct all the orthodontic issues. On average, it may take only one or two years to complete the treatment.

If you think you have an overbite, you can have your teeth assessed through a dental consultation! Don’t wait to treat your overbite, start your journey toward having a better smile today!


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