It’s no secret that orthodontic treatments, such as metal braces and clear aligners, are effective at improving crooked, overcrowded, and gapped teeth, but did you also know that they can effectively improve overbites, too?
Overbites may not seem like an orthodontic concern worth treating on their own, especially if your teeth are otherwise in good condition, however, an overbite can negatively impact your appearance, comfort, and oral health. If you are living with an overbite, check out these 5 reasons why it’s worth correcting sooner rather than later
Prevent Dental Diseases
The proper alignment of your teeth and jaw is essential to maintaining good oral health for a lifetime. If your teeth don’t align properly due to an overbite, your mouth could be at risk of developing serious dental problems, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. Likewise, if your front teeth are rubbing against one another in an unhealthy manner, you could experience irreversible damage to the enamel on your teeth’s surface.
Fortunately, these problems can be prevented by correcting the way your teeth and jaw align.
Improve Your Facial Structure
Did you know that your overbite could be affecting the way your face looks? It’s true. If your upper jaw protrudes out further than your lower jaw, the proportions of your face could appear to be off, particularly affecting the way your chin and cheekbones look. By correcting the way your jaws align, however, you can improve the overall appearance of your face, possibly helping you to look thinner and younger.
Alleviate Jaw Pain
When your jawbones are misaligned, it’s common to experience discomfort, headaches, and even a disorder known as temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD occurs when the joint that connects your jaw bone to your skull becomes damaged, often from the undue pressure of an overbite. Improving the way in which your jawbones align can take the pressure off of that joint and often provides relief for people who previously experienced jaw pain or headaches.
Make Daily Tasks Easier
Living with an imperfect smile can make performing normal daily tasks, such as speaking, eating, and brushing your teeth, difficult. Because the position of the jaw, teeth, and tongue are off, it’s not uncommon for people with overbites to have speech impediments. This is especially true for lisps. When your teeth and tongue are placed in the proper position, it is much easier to speak clearly and pronounce words appropriately. Likewise, overbites can make eating uncomfortable as well as practicing good oral hygiene habits more challenging.
Boost Your Confidence
There’s no denying that your oral health can have a direct effect on how you present yourself to the world. An imperfect smile doesn’t just impact the way you look, function, and speak; it can ultimately determine how you interact with others and feel about yourself.
When you look your best, are comfortable, and can speak clearly, you may be surprised by how much your overall quality of life can improve.
Your smile is worth investing in. Best of all, you can achieve the healthier, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Give us a call today or visit us online to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how correcting your overbite could benefit you.