What is an Overbite or Underbite?
Overbite and underbite are malocclusion problems that negatively impact not only a persons appearance but also the way the food is chewed. Overbite happens when the incisors or the upper teeth stick out far above the bottom teeth. When it is the reverse, the condition is described as an underbite. The general term used to describe both conditions is bad bite.
Why is it Important to Get Treatment for a Bad Bite?
Ideally, all your teeth should bite together correctly as this helps to ensure the forces created during biting and chewing are evenly distributed, which in turn ensures teeth wear down more evenly. Teeth that bite together correctly will place less stress on your jaw joints and you will benefit from a smile that looks balanced, healthy and attractive.
What is the Treatment for an Overbite or Underbite?
The treatment for overbite or underbite depends on the severity of the case. Some may require prolonged use of braces, teeth extraction or surgery on the jaws. Those who are opposed to the use of metal braces may opt for clear aligners called Invisalign.
If you would like our dentists in Hervey Bay to assess your bite, make an appointment online or call us on (07) 4191 4787. We are located at 8/6-8 Liuzzi St, Pialba Hervey Bay QLD 4655.