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Ideally, your teeth should perfectly align within your mouth. They should be beautiful, white, straight, and closely, but comfortably, situated along your jawbone. However, every mouth is different. Imperfections and discoloration may seem like small details if you need to fix an overbite. If you live in Central Arkansas, you are in luck. Your local Malvern dentists can help.

What Causes an Overbite?

There are several factors that can cause an overbite. However, the most common cause stems from the shape and/or size of your teeth and jawbone. If your jaw is too big, for example, your teeth may become spaced to far apart, allowing them to become misaligned. If your jaw is too small, or your teeth are over-large, this can lead to increased pressures on your teeth that force them to grow in different directions.

Thumb sucking, constant pacifier use, and bottle overuse in infants or children are also known to cause overbites. For teens and adults, nail-biting or chewing on pens are also known to cause an overbite to develop.

Genetics, grinding of the teeth and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) are also contributors.

How Can Arkansas Dentists Fix an Overbite?

Untreated overbites can lead to other complications. This includes tooth decay, jaw and tooth pain, headaches, problems eating, sleep apnea and speech impediments. They have also been known to alter the structure of your face, as well as your self-confidence.

Dentists will often refer a patient to fix an overbite with an orthodontist. Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of tooth and jaw irregularities. Depending on your age and the cause of your overbite, your orthodontist may recommend one of several options.

In children, the removal of baby teeth may be recommended. Children and teens also may use a growth modification device that can help to reposition the jaw during growth spurts. Braces and retainers may also be recommended for anyone with an overbite. In severe overbite adult cases, tooth removal may be required too. If the jaw is improperly formed or sitting, surgery is another adult option.

Visit Our Arkansas Orthodontists for a Beautiful Smile

In today’s society, there are plenty of options available to those with an overbite. At Arkansas Dental Centers, our orthodontics team strives to give you a smile you can be proud of. Our quality and professional staff work with you to come up with a solution that can eliminate your overbite.

Do you want to know more about your Malvern dentists? Contact Arkansas Dental Centers for more information on how orthodontics can help your overbite!