A common type of malocclusion, an overbite can be more than just an aesthetic concern and lead to complex dental problems if untreated. Dr. David Richter offers comprehensive orthodontic care in his Greeley, CO dentist office for patients of ALL ages. A graduate of the Dawson Academy, Dr. Richter believes in complete dentistry, taking into account the function of the entire occlusal system as part of his overall orthodontic care.
An over bite, also known as over jet, means that the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower teeth and do not match up properly when biting down. While patients may be frustrated with the effect this can have on the appearance of their smile, it also affects speech and chewing and can lead to larger problems if untreated. In severe cases, the lower teeth can bite into the upper palate and cause damage to the soft tissues of the mouth.
There are a variety of causes for an overbite, from genetics to lifestyle habits that can affect tooth and jaw development early on: thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and habitually chewing fingernails or objects. Whatever the cause, evaluating the bite at an early stage and addressing any lifestyle causes is the first step towards restoring dental health.
Dr. Richter will thoroughly evaluate an overbite to determine the underlying cause and make appropriate treatment recommendations that will provide lasting dental health.
After a comprehensive examination and discussion of a patient's history, Dr. Richter will recommend orthodontic treatment designed to realign the bite and restore balance for a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing smile. Treatment will enable proper contact of the teeth when speaking and chewing, reducing the risk of damage and wear that will compromise the dental health of the patient.
Depending on your dental health needs and cosmetic goals, treatment may include:
If you or your child has an overbite, schedule a consultation with Dr. Richter to learn more about how orthodontic treatment for overbite can restore a comfortable, healthy and beautiful smile. Early treatment is recommended for the best possible results and to provide the opportunity for conservative options to be successful.
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