What is a Deep Overbite? Causes & Treatments
A small overbite is normal. However, when it is too big, it can become a problem.
A deep overbite is not just an aesthetic issue (patients may be embarrassed about their smile or the appearance of their jaw), but it also causes dental problems like:
- Gum and soft tissue damage
- Jaw pain
- Loss of tooth structure
- Tooth loss
What is a deep overbite?
A deep overbite is a malocclusion in which the upper front teeth almost completely overlap the lower front teeth.
This often causes the lower front teeth to bite into the palate or gum tissue behind the upper front teeth.
What causes a deep overbite?
A deep overbite can be caused by different factors such as:
- Small lower jaw
- Genetic conditions
- Thumb sucking in children
How to fix a deep overbite?
Deep overbites can be corrected with orthodontic treatment.
The type of treatment varies depending on the patient’s age, the severity of malocclusion, and aesthetic goals.
We have a range of treatments available at Hampstead Orthodontic Practise.
It’s always better to start the treatment as early as possible to minimize the severity.
FAQs about deep overbites
Can Invisalign fix a deep overbite?
Yes, Invisalign clear aligners can fix a deep overbite.
Can braces fix a deep overbite?
Yes, braces are one of the most popular treatments for a deep overbite.
How long does it take to correct a deep overbite?
On average, it will take 18–24 months to correct a deep overbite.
Complex cases involving jaw surgery may take a longer time.
Equally, if you don’t have any other orthodontic issues except mild overbite, then you can get it corrected in less than a year.
When is jaw surgery needed?
Jaw surgery is needed to correct a skeletal overbite and is usually only performed on adults.
Surgery can reposition the jaw when braces aren’t enough to correct it.
To learn more about the orthodontic treatments we offer, visit our treatments page.
Or if you’d like, you can receive a FREE online consultation that will include an orthodontic examination of your teeth carried out by Dr. Alvanos and our Orthodontic Team.