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Overbite: Causes & Treatments

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMER 29, 2017

What are the most common causes of and solutions for overbites?

Having an overbite is a common problem in the North American culture. In other populations, people are more prone to having underbites where their jaws stick out relative to their upper jaws.

In the United States, the majority of people with bite issues have overbites, meaning the top teeth stick out relative to the bottom teeth. Let’s look at the causes, how to treat overbites and the best time for treatment.

Causes of overbites:

1. Genetics: The genes you got from mom, dad, grandma and grandpa are the No. 1 cause. There are two reasons: 1) Your upper jaw is too developed relative to your lower jaw, sticking out too far. This is uncommon. 2) Your lower jaw is underdeveloped, which is most common.

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Right Bristles Make the Right Toothbrush

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Tooth brushing Mistake No. 2: “Not Picking the Right Bristles”

A parent who cares about his child’s oral health will encourage that they brush their teeth twice a day in addition to setting a good example by doing this themselves. In addition to investing in braces to make their smile beautiful, the next best investment a parent can make is investing in a toothbrush with the right bristles. It’s easy to avoid the mistake of not picking the right bristles for the toothbrush used on a daily basis.

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Smiling is a Lovely Gesture

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Smile Quote No. 40: “A Smile Is Like Tight Underwear: It Makes Your Cheeks Go Up” – Author Unknown

Whether you are the mom who loves to take plenty of photos or simply seeing your kids happy enough to warm your heart, you want to ensure that their smiles are healthy and happy all the days of their life. Working with an orthodontist to understand the benefits of Invisalign allows you to accomplish this goal.

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The World Doesn’t have to Know your Problems

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Smile Quote No. 39: “Be like a Duck, Paddling and Working very Hard inside the Water, but what Everyone sees is a Smiling and Calm Face.”  ― Manoj Arora

First impressions and physical appearances are undoubtedly important. Be sure that you are feeling confident and presenting your best self. Don’t allow crooked teeth to interfere with your personal or social life. Orthodontists are specially trained to give you the smile that you have always dreamed of. Read on for some tips and suggestions about popular teeth alignment products.

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Braces: Duration of Orthodontic Appointments

How Often Do Braces Need to be Tightened After Placement?

It’s one of the top questions people have at their initial consultation appointment:  Once I get my braces on, how often do I need to come in to get them tightened?

I think people who haven’t had treatments have an awful visual of orthodontic technicians cranking on their braces and using metal lassos to tighten their teeth.

Rest assured, it’s nothing like that.

So, what happens when we put your braces on? We initially put a light wire in, which can be anywhere from 12 to 16 thousandths of an inch. It’s made out of a material developed by NASA, used in the space program. These wires are flexible and have shape memories. So, you put them in and they bend, twist, and turn to the shape and position of your teeth. They’ll slowly bring your teeth to the ideal position. The nice thing about these wires is they last for a long time while continuing to move your teeth for many weeks.

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