There’s no denying that a white, bright smile is a confidence booster.
Overjets, sometimes referred to as ‘buck teeth’ can make people feel drastically insecure about their appearance, leading them to hide their smiles.
We have met some patients who have even avoided social settings because of their alignment problems, making them feel isolated.
But there are treatments that can easily help.
Overbites vs Overjets
Whilst both conditions are similar, they are not the same…
What does an overjet look like? It’s when the upper teeth protrude outwards (sitting beyond your front bottom teeth).
Not only do overjets affect your appearance, but they can also cause further complications and affect a patient’s ability to eat, chew and bite properly. Because of this patients may experience jaw pain.
Overjets can range in severity, from barely noticeable to severe (where poor alignment and problems speaking occur).
Mainly caused by genetics, the conditions of an overjet can worsen over time when left untreated and ignored.
Overbites are defined when the upper incisors are vertically lower or higher than they should be.
Unlike overjets, overbites do not protrude at an angle.
The ideal overbite range for an average “normal” dentition is 3-5mm.
Sometimes this is expressed as a percentage of the amount of lower incisors that are covered by the upper incisors when looking at the smile (with teeth in full biting position) – normally this should be 20-30%.
A normal overbite is when the upper incisors are in front of the lower incisors.
The Perfect Smile can help correct and fix any bite issues or problems quickly and affordably.
Both are highly effective treatments, however, choosing the right one depends on the patient and how quickly they wish to progress their treatment.
Compare the two treatments:
Reverse overbites are when the lower incisors are in front of the upper incisor.
This is when the distance between the upper incisors and lower incisors horizontally is more or less than they should be.
The ideal overjet range for an average “normal” dentition is 1.5-2.5mm.
A normal overjet is when the upper incisors are in front of the lower incisors.
It is important to understand what your main concerns are before we proceed with any advice or treatment planning.
For this reason, we recommend an initial consultation to discuss a way forward.
We offer these initial consultations at no cost to you.
Reverse overbites and other malocclusion issues can be fixed using discreet aligner treatments like Invisalign or other, more obvious fixed brace treatment.
Phone: 020 7580 5370.
Classification of dental relationships
At The Perfect Smile, we want to provide the best possible cosmetic or orthodontic treatment designed to target overbites.
The most important thing is for us to understand what anterior relationship you currently have so we can make better decisions on how your teeth can be protected in the future.
An increase in overbite will often steepen the guidance of the lower teeth against the upper teeth.
This can have the effect of causing wear on the front of lower teeth and back of upper teeth. Read more about the consequences of ignoring an overbite.