Overjet Teeth

Braces are the most common treatment to realign teeth and reduce overjets.

Causes, Treatment & Prices for overjets

Do your teeth overlap horizontally? Do the top teeth protrude over your bottom teeth? Many patients believe they have an overbite when the correct term is an overjet, which is best corrected with orthodontic treatment (braces). But if you hate the idea of braces to realign your smile, don’t worry; several modern options are barely noticeable and straighten the teeth twice as fast.

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Treatment for increased overjets

Braces are the most common treatment for realigning teeth and reducing overjets. If your teeth protrude significantly and are crowded, selective tooth extraction might be required as an additional step alongside your orthodontic treatment. 

If skeletal discrepancies cause your overjet, orthodontic camouflage is a viable alternative to correct the malocclusion and disguise the skeletal problem. This treatment corrects the skeletal relationship by orthodontically repositioning the teeth in the jaw to ensure an acceptable occlusion and final aesthetics.

By doing this, the upper teeth can be retracted into the space, and the discrepancy is compensated by eliminating the space the extracted teeth have freed up. In the most severe cases, jaw surgery might be required to achieve the right function and aesthetics.

Overjet FAQs

Causes of an overjet

Several varying factors cause overjet increases. For example, the most common reason is when the upper jaw is extended past the lower jaw, shifting the teeth forward as a skeletal problem. This happens when you have a more prominent upper jaw, or maxilla, or a lower jaw that’s further back than it should be (retruded mandible).

Childhood habits like thumb-sucking or prolonged use of pacifiers can also contribute to the development of overjets, which push the upper front teeth forward. Tongue thrusting and genetics can also cause an overjet.

Do I need treatment for my overjet?

Overjets are usually defined by measuring how far (in mm) the top teeth protrude over the bottom teeth in the anterior-posterior plane. A normal overlap is often defined as between 2 and 4mm. As overjets are often regarded as a Class 3 malocclusion, treatment is often more extensive than other bite conditions, so you might have to braces for longer.

Ignoring dental conditions like overbites and overjets can be a slippery slope. Difficulty chewing is common, as well as jaw pain. It’s recommended to treat overjets and overbites at an early age, when it’s easier to move teeth and to prevent the bite condition from deepening over time due to teeth being down by clenching and grinding, making them more pronounced.  

An overjet often makes it difficult to properly clean the teeth and gums, leading to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Jaw and tooth pain, as well as headaches, are also common. More worryingly, an overjet increases your risk of dental trauma. Patients with overjets over 4mm are considered to be at risk 50% more of being affected by incisor trauma that could lead to premature tooth loss or fractures.