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Malocclusion is a condition where the teeth do not meet properly, causing pain and discomfort. Misalignment of the teeth presents as crooked teeth, underbites, and overbites, all of which require orthodontic treatment to correct. However, underbites and overbites are vertical misalignments; there are also horizontal misalignments to consider, which cause the teeth to stick forward and create problems with the shape of the face and discomfort when speaking. Specialists at Feldman Orthodontics in Surprise explain more below.
Overjet, like overbite, is a misalignment where the top teeth extend too far over the lower teeth. However, overjet is a horizontal misalignment, leading to the upper teeth sticking too far forward. This can cause problems with speaking and increase the risk of chipping or breaking the upper teeth due to their increased exposure.
Overjet can be corrected the same way other malocclusions are corrected with orthodontic treatment. Functional appliances such as expanders may be used to correct the jaw and improve the profile of the patient. Once the jaw is properly aligned, traditional braces can be used to correct the rest of the bite. If the overjet is severe enough, surgery may be necessary to correct facial asymmetry after braces treatment has been completed. Our orthodontist will evaluate each specific case to determine if this is necessary.
Once the overjet has been corrected, it’s recommended that you continue using a retainer to keep your teeth straight. Depending on your case, this could be daily usage or only at night. Our orthodontist will discuss this with you during your consultation.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Surprise Orthodontics, with a convenient orthodontist office near Surprise, AZ, by clicking here or by calling 480.725.8209.