Overbites and malocclusions are often referred to as buck teeth and often range in severity.

Correcting buck teeth & deep overbites

Whilst many people embrace their overbites, many patients often feel insecure regarding their bite conditions – and choose to correct them for purely cosmetic reasons. However, as expert orthodontists, we understand the negative oral health consequences of ignoring severe overbites, and we often have to perform lengthy procedures to reverse any damage caused.

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Fixing an overbite

For those with severe overbites, dental intervention is likely to be necessary.

However, it is often the case that many patients undergo treatments for aesthetic purposes, which can sometimes cause overbite treatments to fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry.

With many standard treatments used to correct buck teeth, consulting with an orthodontist or cosmetic dentist with experience in determining the best treatment plan based on your needs and requirements is recommended.

All the treatments below are effective; however, finding the right one for you will depend on the patient, their oral condition, and how quickly they want their treatment to progress.

Braces
  • What do they involve?: Metal brackets, wires and elastics.
  • The cost: Patients can expect to pay £2,500 privately for metal braces.
  • Are they free on the NHS?: They are free for patients under the age of 18 but waiting lists may delay the procedure. NHS orthodontic treatment is not often available for adults but can be approved on a case-by-case basis. More.
  • Length of treatment: 18 months to 3 years

In the past, traditional wired braces paired with retainers have been the most common solution for fixing overbites.

Typically, many patients are fitted with braces during their childhood or teenage years but they have not been so popular amongst adults who wish to avoid the stigma of metal braces altogether.

Conventional braces manipulate teeth over time to gradually shift them into a straighter smile. However, the process can take a minimum of 18 months and require retainers to be worn for a substantial period to avoid retention or relapse.

Invisible Braces
  • What do they involve?: A series of changeable, removable and invisible aligners
  • The cost: Patients can expect to pay from £1,500. See Invisalign costs.
  • Are they free on the NHS?: Invisalign is not offered by NHS dentists or practices.
  • Length of treatment: 3-12 months.

With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth privately, more comfortably and in half the time of other conventional braces.

Both children and adults are now turning to the popular treatment solution to straighten their smiles with inconspicuous aligners that they can remove to eat, drink and clean.

Compared to other tooth alignment procedures available, Invisalign is by far one of the most advanced and affordable.

There are many different types and variations of Invisalign; for example, Invisalign Go is designed for small cosmetic tweaks and typically costs from £1,500, whereas Invisalign Full, which is used to treat class II malocclusions and complex cases, can cost from £4,500.

The entire procedure is more accurate and predictable as 3D imaging technology is used to see how your smile will progress and shift with each step. This information is also very valuable for patients who want to clear expectations of how their smile will look once treatment has finished.

This provides them with more freedom as well as control over how their treatment is being handled.

Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is mostly used in cases where the bite problem is too severe to be repositioned by simple orthodontic systems.

This type of treatment will be prescribed when the relationship between the upper and lower jaws needs to be resolved. For example, when jaw abnormalities are causing the patient excessive stress, strain and pain.

Jaw surgery can be costly, but the price will depend on the complexity of the treatment and the underlying oral condition, foundation and state.

Veneers (instant orthodontics – straight teeth without braces)

Instant orthodontics is a term to describe the method of orthodontics that’s designed for patients who want rapid results and wish not to undergo traditional processes to straighten their teeth.

What can often get confused is that this type of treatment is used to convey incorrectly that teeth can be realigned with procedures like veneers.

However, it’s important to know that the veneer will be placed over the front surface of the tooth, hence concealing the misalignment rather than straightening the teeth. Thus, giving the illusion of straight teeth.

Although, veneer treatments are often popular as they only take three short appointments to complete.

They also provide permanent concealment or “fix” to your bite problem, making the teeth appear whiter and straighter.

For severe overbites, instant orthodontics will likely not be recommended – however; they are sometimes the preferred option for those with minor overcrowding or misalignment issues.

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Your overbite guide

Should you ignore an overbite?

Consequences might include:

  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Speech impediments
  • Changes to facial structure and appearance
  • Damage to teeth and gums
  • Gum disease
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