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  • Severe overbite: I saw an orthodontist a few days ago and he measured an 8mm overbite. My teeth are very protruded and I have a very small mouth. I am almost 21 years old so I had asked him about the jaw surgery and he said he didn't want to do it if we could get my teeth aligned good enough. I have a very messed up jaw. My bottom front teeth touch the roof of my mouth and I have TMJ. Please help me. ...Visitor from West Bend     (answer)

  • Still have a slight, noticeable overbite: When I was about 14 - 15 I had two top teeth removed from my mouth, and traditional braces put on in an attempt to correct my overbite. I had my braces on for roughly 18 months, and I was given a pair of plastic retainers to wear at night. I have been wearing these ever since. However, in recent years, (I am now 17, turning 18 in a few months) I have noticed I still have an over bite. It's much less significant than prior to my orthodontic work, but it's still visible. I dislike it's appearance, and I will admit it upsets me quite a bit. It looks much smaller than my upper jaw, and also gives a strange appearance to my chin. Are there any alternatives to surgery? If not, must the plates remain in? ...Visitor from Northampton UK     (answer)

  • Is pallet biting really a risk requiring braces? My twelve year old son has a slight overbite and beautiful aligned smile and no discomfort. We have been told by our orthodontist to get braces to avoid risk that his lower front teeth bite his pallet when he is aging old man. Seems improbable to me - can this happen? And really is it probable? ...Visitor from France     (answer)

  • I have a fairly large overbite. I have had braces for almost 2 years now and my teeth are fully straight. Although I have an overbite, my teeth match up perfectly. Even my orthodontist agrees with that. I asked my orthodontist what the problem with having overbite is and he has said that "it doesnt look right and isnt normal." I think it looks fine. I already have headgear and my orthodontist is thinking about putting somthing called forces to move my teeth, and if that doesn't work maybe even extractions and surgery. This sounds like alot of wasted time and money just to make somthing look normal. Is there any health related consequences (not cosmetic) please be specific on the consequences. ...Visitor from Iowa     (answer)

  • About 14 years ago, when I was 19 years old, I had jaw surgery for my really bad overbite, and had both jaws broken and moved. But unfortuneatly, the surgery didn't work, because after a year, both of my bottom jaw bones dissolved away from a very rare jaw desease. Now I must have serious reconstructive jaw surgery. Also, I would need to have my mouth stretched as well, since my mouth is very small for my age. So the question I wanted to ask is would there be a special kind of surgeon that can do this surgery for me? ...Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • Overbite/overjet without extraction: I am a 28 male who has an overbite at about 80% and about 8mm of space between my the front top teeth and the lower. My ortho recommended that I not get an extraction because it will sink my face. He opted that I get braces and will file my teeth (IPR). Can interproximal reduction correct 8mm of space? What is the maximum amount of enamel that can be taken off. I understand that all teeth are different, but maybe a percentage of a single tooth. I have very large teeth, so I am expecting quite a bit of enamel to be stripped. Also, he will use elastic bands. My teeth will probably never be perfect, but I am just curious how much of a difference I will see. ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • About 14 years ago, when I was 19 years old, I had jaw surgery for my really bad overbite, and had both jaws broken and moved. But unfortunately, the surgery didn't work. After about a year, both of my bottom jaw bones dissolved away from a very rare jaw desease. Now I have to have serious reconstructive jaw surgery with constructed cell jaw bones. Also, I would need to have my month stretched as well, since my mouth is very small for my age. So the question I wanted to ask is would there be a special kind of surgeon in Alberta Canada that would be able to do this kind of surgery for me? Or would I have to go to the stated to have it done ...Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • My 11 year old son has just been fitted with a twin block plate with the adjustment thing in the roof of his mouth. He has a 8mm overbite. He can't eat or talk very well and is in considerable discomfort. Is this plate really needed? What will happen if this is not corrected as a child? ...Visitor from Australia     (answer)

  • Open bite surgery: I am 28 and have a severe open bite due to thumb sucking. The dentist has referred me and I am waiting for a consultation with both the surgeon and orthodontist. My question is: if I have the surgery, is it likely to change the shape or appearance of my face at all, or will I look the same on thee outside but with a better smile? How long would I have to wear braces for? I have a clicking jaw on the left side, so this is not just all for cosmetic purposes, but I would like to know if I will have facial disfigurations after the surgery. ...Visitor from UK     (answer)

  • I have an overbite. I had braces, but that didn't seem to work. My question is: Would a jaw alignment be the answer to correct my overbite? My overbite is D/T protrusion of my lower half teeth. ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • I have 90% overbite. Can braces alone solve the problem or will I have to go for jaw surgery? Is there an alternative to jaw surgery?     (answer)

  • Reversing undesirable look from extractions and braces: I had 4 extractions (2 upper and 2 lower) plus braces for overbite and am very unhappy with facial appearance. My braces have been off about a year and I don't wear my retainer in hopes the teeth will migrate back. Is there anyway to reverse this like opening the bite and pulling teeth forward? I wouldn't even mind having the spaces. I am looking for any alternatives. I don't know why my orthodondist didn't explain this too me before extracting. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I have always had a pretty bad overbite. I have never had braces or anything to try and correct it. Are there any alternatives to braces? I am 25 and would like to avoid braces if possible. ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • I am 35 and have an overbite and crooked teeth. My wisdom teeth are impacted without pain or problems. I've hated my teeth since childhood. Are getting braces at my age always considered as only, by insurance terms, "cosmetic"? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I have an overbite and I would like to get this fixed. However I want to know if there is anything out there that can fix this. I am 46 years old and I don't want metal braces. I recently had a consultation with an orthodontist and through his expertise opinion he said I was not a candidate for Invisalign. I asked for any alternates that I can do - he was mainly pushing for the metal braces. I asked about braces behind the teeth. "No" was his answer. I felt money was all he was seeking. I want to know what else is out there. Can I just wear a retainer at night? What can I do? I would like to get this fixed. Do you have any recommendations? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I have a bad overbite on my top teeth. When I was 13 they removed two teeth on top and fitted me with a retainer but it did not work and I am now 37. I have always been self conscious about my teeth and was wondering if I could have the six front teeth remaining pulled and get a partial for those teeth. ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • I have an overbite that seems to be getting worse. When I bite food, I have to grind my teeth back and forth to tear off the food. Can this be fixed with braces or another option? ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Permanent Retainers
    I have had permanent retainers on my top and bottom teeth for about 4 and a half years. My bottom teeth have moved. Is that suppossed to occur? Spaces returned and also the small overbite that I had is gone. When I close my jaw, there is space between my upper and lower teeth. What should I do? I don't want to get another retainer. How will I know that the removable retainer will work if the permanent one did not? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I'm 35 years old. I have an overbite. My two front teeth touch my lower gums and push them down. Sometimes it hurts. What are my options? If I get braces to push the teeth back, I'm afraid my back teeth won't touch. ...Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Speeding Up Treatment: I am 26 and have been wearing braces for 20 months to fix an overbite problem. I'm leaving (would really like to) for the Peace Corps in 10 months and my orthodontist says I'll need to more time to fix my teeth. I really want to know if there's anything else that will speed up the process, since the orthodontist is not willing to see me more than once a month. Would it help if I get my teeth tightened every 2 weeks instead of 4? They've tried different wires to bring my lowers out and push my uppers up. Should I consider switching to another orthodontist who's willing to see me more often if it can be done in a shorter time? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Surgery and Braces for Overbite? Is surgery safe for overbite in a 53 year old lady? I have been told to correct my bite. Surgery has been advised and then follow on to braces. ...Visitor from Galway Ireland     (answer)

  • Overbite correction without Orthodontics? I am 36 years old and I have a slight overbite. My top teeth overlap onto my bottom teeth but do not touch my gums. My dentist has never mentioned anything about correcting this. Is there anything that I can do to correct this problem with out doing anything noticable like getting bracing or wearing a retainer? ...Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Correction for prior overbite treatment: I'm 32 years old. When I was 12 I had braces put on. I wore head gear for 2 years to correct my overbite, but I was already finished with my growth spurt. I was told my only option was to have 2 teeth pulled, pulling my upper teeth back. The skin around my jaw and mouth area is now loose and looks sunken in. My guess is that the way to correct it would be to get braces again, making a space to have implants put in where my teeth were taken out, and then have jaw surgery. Is that one possible solution? What type of a Dentist would I consult first? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Correcting Overbite without braces: I have good teeth but I have an overbite. I really do not want to get braces so what other options do I have? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Braces and Overbite Worry: The dentist said...there's nothing he can do. Is this true? The problem is, no bottom teeth touch the top. I cannot say "Sssssss". Plus I canot see my bottom teeth at all. I used to see at least one. I've had braces for 5 months. I had a lower middle incissor removed and the gap has nearly closed but my teeth were pulled back and now my lower teeth are off center. One side is more forward than the other. One side touches more...and all the dentist does is keep filing my teeth down. Is this normal? ...Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • Options for Adult Overbite Correction: I am 33 years old and I have a severe overbite. One of my front teeth is loose and pushed out further then the other. I went to the orthdontist and he said I have two options: option 1 is to pull out the two front teeth put braces on and close the gap making the lateral incisors the front teeth and then bonding or getting veneers. Option 2 is to put braces on around the loose tooth so it holds the space and once the teeth are staightened remove the loose tooth and then get a bridge or an implant. I really dont know what to do. I know that I have to do something because as time goes by and I get older my tooth will fall out! Is there a third option? ...Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • Overbite: I have an overbite that needs addressing as yet I haven't gotten to a orthodontist. My question is: I have a fixed bridge on the rear lower gum so I was wondering how the bands would could be applied to hold braces in place? Also I have a crown on another tooth ... can brackets be glued to this? ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Braces to fix Overbite? I have an overbite. A cap is on my front tooth and is cracked on the back. I am planning on replacing it, along with my other front tooth (I've heard they're easier to match). The other front tooth has been filed and is slightly shortened. I am wondering if braces are my only options to fix my overbite or would movement of those 2 teeth be a better option? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Retainers versus Ortho Braces: I'm 21 years old and have a slight overbite. Could this be corrected with a retainer instead of expensive braces? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Braces caused my daughter's Overbite? My daughter had her braces removed after 2.5 years. Her top teeth are now fanned forward. The dentist said that it is an overbite and and will fix itself in two years. I find this hard to believe. Why after braces does she have an overbite when she did not have one before braces? ...Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • Thumb Sucking: My 9 year old son still sucks his thumb and it is causing a significant overbite. Is there anything that can be done to prevent him from sucking his thumb before getting braces put on? We have tried putting nail biter solution on his thumb and it did not deter the thumb sucking. ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Top teeth angled inward: Is it normal for teeth to be angled inward to corret an overbite? My daughter has a small lower jaw and the orthodontist said he did all he could without jaw surgery. We are not pleased with the inward angle. Can we ask him to pull them back straight and forget correcting the overbite? ...Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • 5 Years wearing braces - I still have an overbite: I think I have an overbite. When I close my mouth there is quite a large space between my bottom and top teeth. What's more, this seems to have a weird effect on my lips. My mouth does not close comfortably and when I open my mouth my bottom lip sticks way out. I just got my braces taken off after 5 years to fix crooked and overlapping teeth. At one point they gave me a head gear to wear to fix the overbite but then said my growth spurt had already ended and there was no point. It's my bottom lip sticking out so much that is really bothering me. Is there any way I can fix this without braces again or surgery? ...Visitor from Paris France     (answer)

  • Overbite and Braces: I'm 31 years old and I have a deep overbite with a top front tooth overlapping my bottom lip when my mouth is closed. I had braces in high school for 2 years and a retainer after getting the braces removed, but lost my retainer after a couple of months and never went to get another one. I also have bleeding gums. Can I just pull out my 6 front top teeth and get fake ones put on or will braces help again even while having bleeding gums? ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • Correct overbite with extractions and headgear? My 10 and 1/2yr old daughter has an overbite that the dentist wants to correct with head gear. He wants her two upper primary cuspids removed before. Is this necessary or can I wait for a year for natural tooth loss? ...Visitor from WA     (answer)

  • Have overbite, open bite, tried braces, can't have surgery: Currently I have an overbite of ~5mm and open bite of ~4mm. My lower jaw is wider than my upper. I had braces as a teenager (I am now 28) but only had them for 2 years as they caused constant migraines - which my orthodontist didn't believe (jerk). We looked into surgery but I have malformed blood vessels throughout the left side of my jaw (so surgery is NOT an option). I believe the pressure from the braces on these blood vessels are what caused my migraines (which I still get today). My teeth are pretty straight and I am "ok" with them cosmeticallly, but I can't bite into my food. Do I have any other options? Can I have veneers to close the bite? ...Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • Herbst Appliance and severe overbite: My son is 12 years old and he has a severe overbite. We have checked with 2 orthodontists and I have received different information. The first doctor told us that my son needs the Herbst appliance to help his bottom jaw grow. The second doctor told us that there is no need for the appliance, the rubber bands will correct the problem. I am very confused and skeptical about the rubber bands. The difference between the upper part of his mouth and bottom is severe. I just want to know what will help him know to avoid the surgery in the future. Or maybe there is nothing that can be done now that is going to prevent the surgery later. ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Overbite and Veneers: Can a patient get veneers for front upper and lower teeth if they have an overbite? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Deep Overbite: I have a deep overbite where my bottom teeth touch the roof of my mouth. When my nose is clogged for some reason it gets really sore. Is there anything I can do to lessen the soreness? It gets so bad that I don't want to bite down all the way. ...Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Fixing overbite without breaking jaw: I have a very bad overbite. When I put my back teeth together my lower front teeth touch the roof of my mouth. Nonetheless, I can comfortably bring my jaw forward and touch my bottom and top teeth together so that it doesn't look as bad. I also have alot of crowding causing my two front teeth to buck out even more. This problem has held me back my entire life. To be honest I hate myself and always have because of it. I was told I would have to get my jaw broken. I DO NOT want to do this. I sing and was told it would change the sound of my voice. Plus, I can't afford that much work. Is there anything that can be done at least to look better without breaking my jaw? ...Visitor from IN     (answer)

  • Clicking: I have a large overbite (I can fit my pointer finger between the gap of my top teeth and bottom teeth) which unfortunately runs in the family. My jaw also clicks everytime I chew and open my mouth, but does not hurt. My jaw has clicked since I was little (now 24 years old) and is extremely loud and disruptive, especially in lunch meetings. What procedures will fix both the overbite and clicking (braces, surgery, etc.)? I assume braces will fix the overbite, but will they fix the jaw misalignment and stop the clicking? Is surgery necessary if there is no jaw pain? ...Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • My orthodonist advised I had a slight overbite when I went in to get braces. In his attempt to correct my slight overbite, he has caused another problem with my bite on my left side. He is leaving me teeth both top and bottom tilted in further on my left side compared to the right side of my mouth so when I bite down it looks like my teeth slant downward from left to right. I have mentioned this to my orthodontist and he says my teeth are just like that however they did not look that way before. What can I do to get my orthodontist to take care of this odd problem? I am not sure if we can verify this new problem through an x-ray or a new mold. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

  • I have a question about the Herbst device. Mine was used to move my jaw forward as well as laterally. When this was done is it possible that post nasal mucus drainage became obstructed causing the mucus to build up and aggravate my throat and point of connection with my ear? I don't have bad allergies and am medicated, but I still have an annoying itch in the post nasal area that I also feel "inside" of my ear area from draining mucus. ...Visitor from RI     (answer)

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