Patients don’t typically come to us because they have concerns with a deep bite, also known as an overbite. It may or may not bother patients, but that doesn’t mean a deep bite doesn’t present dental issues.
A deep bite is the most common malocclusion, or bad bite. It occurs when the top teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth while the back teeth are closed. It can be caused by a large top jaw, small lower jaw, or missing lower teeth. The good news is that it can be easily corrected with one of many orthodontic and restorative treatments.
Correcting the deep bite will not only improve the function of the teeth, it will also make it easier to brush and floss, helping to keep your dental health in check.
What’s Wrong With a Deep Bite?
While most people think that a deep bite is corrected for aesthetic reasons, it is far more serious. It can lead to damaged teeth, headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, and even hearing difficulties. Other reasons to correct a deep bite include:
- Lower teeth are at risk of being worn down, and excessive wear can lead to tooth loss.
- Sores or ulcers can develop if the lower teeth are constantly meeting the roof of the mouth.
- Lower jaw development and movement can be negatively affected.
- Teeth crowding and crookedness often occur. The deep bite must be corrected in order to make room for and realign the teeth.
Deep bites are typically treated with braces. It’s important to treat deep bites early, when children’s teeth and jaw are still developing. Treatment can be provided for adults, as well.
If you have concerns for you or a loved one with a deep bite and would like to speak with a dentist, please contact our office for an appointment. We will be more than happy to assist you.