Overbite Correction

Overbite Correction

Overbite Correction in Saint Peters, Missouri

With a proper bite, the top teeth have a slight overlap, generally 1 to 2 mm in size. In an overbite, the top teeth overlap the bottom, causing too much space. When this gap becomes too big, it is called an excessive overbite.

There are habits and symptoms to look out for and steps to correct overbites. If you think you or your child might have an overbite, contact your local orthodontist to get their opinion.

Teeth that have an overbite and braces

What Can Cause an Overbite?

Genetics or external factors can cause overbites. The two most common types of overbites include skeletal and dental. A skeletal overbite occurs from irregular jawbone growth, leading to abnormal development of jaws and teeth. Developmental interruptions through bad habits or overcrowding cause dental overbites.

Some common causes of an overbite include:

  • Biting nails
  • Tongue pushing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Chewing on pencils or pens
  • Grinding teeth

Symptoms of Overbite

Many believe that overbites only pose cosmetic problems, so they delay or avoid treatment. Lack of care can lead to additional oral health problems and even pain. Some symptoms of incisor overbite include the following:

  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • Popping noises
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Lockjaw and jaw pain
  • Tooth decay or loss
  • Sleep apnea
  • Increased crowding
Top teeth that are Overbiting bottom set of teeth

Why Fix an Overbite?

If left untreated for long enough, an incisor overbite can impact speech and affect oral hygiene routines, leading to gingivitis, cavities and serious tooth decay. In some cases, an overbite can lead to decreased self-confidence, extreme pain and possibly even losing your teeth. Correcting an overbite is important to prevent these oral health issues, pain and speech impediments, all while restoring your smile!

How We Can Treat Excessive Overbites

If you need an overbite correction in Saint Peters, Missouri, you can trust the professionals at Unger Orthodontics. We provide the excellent care you deserve. Some common forms of treatment include:

  • Braces: Metal brackets and rubber bands straighten the teeth and jaw to the correct position. Patients will wear a retainer after treatment to maintain results.
  • Clear Aligners: Aligners work like braces by applying constant pressure to move your teeth into place. Users must wear them for around 22 hours a day, taking them out to eat and brush their teeth.
  • Surgery: Older individuals with extreme cases undergo surgery to align the top and bottom jawbones. Surgery will improve your teeth and mouth's use and appearance.

Schedule Your Free Initial Consult Today

At Unger Orthodontics, we understand how important your oral health is. That's why our dedicated professionals deliver premier care and excellent customer service. We offer various services and treatments to help you achieve your smile goals. Whether you are looking for treatment for your child's teeth or your own, we can help you!

Ready to take back your smile? With Unger Orthodontics in your corner, you'll have the confidence of a rejuvenated smile and healthy teeth. Contact our offices today in Saint Peters, Missouri, to schedule your free consult and initial exam!


We look forward to helping you keep a beautiful smile for life!