Overjet is a type of malocclusion that is characterized by the top front teeth that protrude outwards, past the bottom teeth. Some people may refer to overjet as “buck teeth” or simply a “protrusion.” This condition is often a result of underdevelopment of either the upper jaw or lower jaw that results in a disproportionate facial structure.

Many individuals who have this condition often feel very self-conscious about it, which may stop them from wanting to show their teeth when they communicate or smile. This can lead to serious issues, such as social anxiety, social isolation, depression, and more. However, it is important to know that overjet can be corrected by an experienced orthodontist. At Rawle Orthodontics, our highly skilled team can provide you with the treatment you need to correct your condition, resulting in a beautiful, healthy, and straight smile that will give you back your confidence. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve a healthy bite and stunning smile.

Overjet vs. Overbite

Overjets are measured by the horizontal distance between the top row and bottom row of teeth when the jaw is closed. When the space between the teeth is too large (more than 3-4 mm), this is referred to as an overjet.

Overbites are measured by the vertical distance in which the top row of teeth hang over the bottom row of teeth. When the top teeth cover too much of the bottom teeth (at least by 25%), this is referred to as an overbite.

If you have an overjet or overbite, you can contact our team at Rawle Orthodontics to receive effective treatment that will result in a proper bite and beautiful smile. Contact us today to learn more!

What Causes Overjets?

Overjets can be caused by a wide range of factors. Some factors are skeletal, which has to do with the bone development in the jaw and teeth roots (genetics). Other factors are dental, which can occur from a tooth eruption issue. Here are some other issues that can lead to an overjet:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Prolonged use of a pacifier or bottle
  • Tongue thrusting (pushing the tongue forward against the front teeth when swallowing)
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Late growth of adult teeth

Whatever the case is, an experienced orthodontist can provide you with the treatment necessary to get your oral health back on track and provide you with a beautiful smile.

Is an Overjet Bad for Your Oral Health?

Yes, an overjet can be bad for your teeth and overall oral health. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as overjets, just like any other malocclusion, can have negative effects on your teeth, mouth, and gums. This is because when you have a misaligned bite, it can cause many issues, such as:

  • Speech issues (lisps or slurs)
  • Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
  • Discomfort or pain while eating
  • Irregular facial structure
  • Embarrassment when smiling or talking
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Inability to close lips
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Gum and teeth decay from excessive plaque build-up

If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is best to seek treatment from a skilled orthodontist sooner, rather than later. Delaying treatment can result in serious issues in the long run. Contact us today to learn how our team can help provide you with effective treatment for overjet.

How to Treat Overjets

At Rawle Orthodontics, we offer highly effective treatment methods for overjets, such as:

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a highly skilled orthodontist. We will provide you with the best treatment to ensure a healthy smile that will have you feeling more confident about your smile than ever!

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