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Can Braces Correct an Overbite or Underbite?

Posted on December 9, 2022


Getting braces can correct a wide range of dental problems including both underbites and overbites. This traditional orthodontic treatment has also been proven effective for treating teeth that are misaligned or crooked. If you have an underbite or an overbite, here are some things to consider.

The Health of Your Teeth

Orthodontic treatment to correct an overbite or an underbite is not only for aesthetics but is also essential to the health of your teeth. It also directly impacts your speech and your overall health.

People with an overbite or an underbite often have difficulty with chewing and speech. Correcting the “bite” with braces will correct chewing problems and drastically improve your speech. When your teeth are not properly aligned because of an underbite or an overbite, there is a risk of damaging the enamel on your teeth, which can lead to cavities. Thankfully, braces can help.

Your Underbite or Your Overbite May Cause Other Problems

An overbite or an underbite can cause other health problems if not corrected. When your bite is off there is additional stress put on your jaw. This additional stress can cause headaches, jaw pain, and neck pain. Thankfully, correcting your bite can help to relieve these other “side effects” of an incorrect bite.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Most people will wear braces for about two years, according to the American Orthodontic Association. Of course, treatment times are largely dependent upon your unique situation. For some people, the treatment period will be shorter, and for others, it may be longer.

The Sooner You Start Treatment The Better

While anyone at any age can take advantage of orthodontic treatment, the sooner the treatment begins the better. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children begin seeing an orthodontist at the age of seven. Even though your child should be evaluated by an orthodontist by seven years old, children typically don’t begin treatment until the ages of 10-14.

Adults can greatly benefit from orthodontic treatment as well. In fact, according to Humana, about 25% of orthodontic patients are adults. It is never too late to correct an overbite or an underbite.

If you are wondering if braces can help to correct your underbite or overbite, make an appointment to see a trustworthy orthodontist. Call Orthodontics LA today to learn more! We have treatment options that can correct your smile and keep your teeth healthy.