An overbite is a relatively common alignment issue that can develop in a multitude of ways. Some people are genetically predisposed to an overbite, while others develop it through habits like thumb or pacifier-sucking. No matter how the problem began, ignoring your overbite can have many negative consequences on your future dental health.
Learn more from Dr. Harrison’s team in today’s blog.
Why do overbites tend to worsen over time?
If an overbite goes untreated, your teeth will gradually be worn down by clenching and grinding caused by the overbite. As your teeth wear away, your misalignment will be more pronounced — further worsening the grinding. This vicious cycle won’t fix itself. It has to be fixed with orthodontic treatment.
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How does jaw misalignment contribute to other oral issues?
If your overbite makes cleaning your teeth a challenge, you may find yourself battling other dental health problems. Most people with an uncorrected overbite often suffer from misaligned teeth as well. The bottom line is that cleaning your teeth and gums properly is a challenge with misalignments — leading to tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. Orthodontic treatment can help you achieve straight, easier to clean, teeth.
What problems can an overbite cause?
Many people who have an overbite also suffer from chronic jaw pain and headaches thanks to the unnecessary muscle tension and jaw joint compression. Many people who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) developed it thanks to the grinding caused by their overbite. It is important to correct your overbite early before more damage is done to your jaw.
Is it too late to treat an overbite as an adult?
If you have been living with an overbite and already are experiencing some of the above problems, you may be wondering if it is too late to fix. While treatment during childhood is ideal, you should still visit an orthodontist as soon as possible. Many treatment options are viable at all ages and can help alleviate problems late into life.
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Who can help treat my overbite?
If you are looking for an excellent orthodontist team in Springfield, MO, we hope you will visit the office of Dr. Harrison at Parkcrest Dental Group. Dr. Harrison has decades of experience providing orthodontic treatment to the people of Springfield. Contact our office today at 417-887-1220 to make your next appointment.