What is an Overbite?
Many of our Baton Rouge patients believe that orthodontic services are solely for the sake of improving the appearance of their smile. While having a straight, beautiful smile is one outcome of having braces, it is not always the most important. Undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct an overbite has many benefits in addition to giving you the smile you've always dreamed of!
What is an overbite?
When your upper and lower jaws are misaligned, it can create further problems with your mouth and teeth. The technical name is malocclusion which simply means that your upper teeth are on top of, or cover, your lower teeth. An overbite can be caused by genetic factors, prolonged pacifier use, or thumb sucking. No matter the cause of the situation, we feel that it is important to have it fixed. An overbite can be mild or severe, but even the smallest misalignment can cause unwanted changes to your mouth, teeth, and gums.
Why Dr. Frugé recommends overbite correction treatments:
Overbites can cause a whole host of issues, from sleep apnea to problems chewing and speaking. If left untreated, an overbite can even affect your speech patterns, making certain words and sound difficult to enunciate clearly. Most overbites can be corrected with orthodontia while a small number of cases may require surgery.
Jaw pain is the most common reason that patients decide to begin overbite treatment. The pain caused by misalignment can also lead to headaches and TMJ. There is no reason to continue to suffer with chronic pain, when overbite correction is straightforward and effective.
Yes, fixing your overbite will improve your smile, and it will also help you avoid many serious conditions that can affect your overall wellness.
Is it time to correct your overbite? Contact the Baton Rouge office of Dr. Frugé today to schedule a consultation and get your corrective treatment started.