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By The Brace Place Orthodontics
October 25, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Overbite  

Problems with your dental alignment don't just affect how your smile looks. They also affect biting, chewing, and speaking. Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics offers orthodontics in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, to correct your dental alignment.

What Is an Overbite?

An overbite is a dental issue affecting your teeth's alignment. An overbite means your upper teeth extend farther than your lower teeth. Skeletal overbite is due to genetics affecting the shape of your teeth and jaw bone. On the other hand, overbites can occur due to childhood habits such as finger sucking and pacifier use that affect your jaw alignment.

Complications of Overbite

Untreated overbite affects more than your appearance. Possible health complications from overbites include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Gum disease
  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe headaches
  • Speech problems
  • Pain while eating

Correcting Your Overbite

Orthodontics in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, can help correct your overbite. Overbite treatment is usually much easier on children and teenagers because their jaws are easier to manipulate. Setting up an orthodontic appointment with us if you've got an overbite is the first step of treatment. We will assess the degree of overbite during your appointment. We may require an X-ray to get a clearer picture of your dental problem. These exams and tests will help us develop a treatment plan.

Braces can help correct your overbite by using gentle pressure to shift your teeth into the proper position. We will walk you through your orthodontic options and so that you get the best results. In some cases, tooth extraction may be part of your orthodontic treatment. This option works better in children. The baby teeth are removed to create room for the child's permanent teeth to grow straight. Tooth extractions may be part of your orthodontic treatment in adults if other options aren't effective.

Don't ignore your overbite. Orthodontics in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Beach, FL, can help improve your smile. Call (904) 222-8588 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Goldknopf of The Brace Place Orthodontics today.