Children can be so cruel sometimes. They can tease any of their peers without a second thought, or even hurt their feelings without meaning to do it. One of the characteristics that children tease about the most is an overbite.
Since it is prominent and can be easily seen, children with an overbite not only may be teased, but may have speech impediments due to it. Finding out early if your child has an overbite can really help your child overcome this issue.
What is an Overbite?
An overbite is a condition where a row of teeth has a bigger protrusion than the other parallel teeth alignment. In overbites of a vertical nature, either the bottom or top rows of teeth overlap and eclipse the other.
In horizontal overbites, it is the top row of teeth that protrudes too much, think like bugs bunny or a rabbit, but instead of two teeth, it is a row.
There are a lot of options for kids, but less for adults. For the younger ones with immature teeth, we can remove the baby teeth so that the permanent teeth can grow.
Braces are also advised to slowly but surely correct the direction of where the teeth will grow. Retainers are also used, usually after using braces, to strengthen the teeth alignment. For the growing children, there are also devices that modify the growth of teeth.
Overbites not only cause teasing for your children, but also lisps, teeth grinding, pain and even some problems with eating. It is recommended that children 7 years old and below, have a scheduled consultation with a specialist so that we can start solving this problem as early as possible.
Find out more with us so that we can find ways of making this transition from overbite to healthy teeth alignment and make it as painless as possible.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at Orthodontics: (415) 681-8500 Pediatric Office: (415) 661-8383 today.