In dentistry, these terms relate to the relationship of the upper incisors (front teeth) to the lower incisors in either the horizontal or vertical 3-dimensional planes. We refer to this as your Anterior Relationship. During your clinical assessment and examination, our cosmetic dentists will measure this relationship.
This is when the upper incisors are vertically lower or higher than they should be. 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. A reverse overbite is when the lower incisors are in front of the upper incisors.
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. A reverse overjet is when the lower incisors are in front of the upper incisors.
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