What is the Difference Between an Overbite and an Underbite

A healthy bite is an important aspect of good overall oral health. Many individuals are born with straight teeth, but still have an overbite or underbite, which can affect chewing and can cause wear to teeth. Our team of orthodontic professionals at Windermere Orthodontics can help with both instances and achieve a smile where the teeth and jaws are adequately aligned for optimal function and appearance.

Overbite

Many patients come to see orthodontists due to an overbite issue. This is where the front, top teeth extend and overlap too far over the bottom set of teeth in one’s mouth. There are many potential problems that can occur should an overbite go uncorrected.

According to Healthline, “an overbite can cause issues including: speech impediments, breathing issues, chewing deficiencies, damage to other teeth and gums, pain when chewing or biting, (and) alterations in the appearance of the face.”

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) warns that a potential contributing factor to having an overbite could come from a childhood thumb sucking habit or prolonged pacifier use. The organization suggests meeting with an orthodontist starting at age 7. Dr. Gorlovsky at Windermere Orthodontics will evaluate you or your child and give his recommendation regarding overbite correction.

Underbite

Unlike an overbite, where the top teeth protrude too far out, an underbite is when the bottom teeth extend past the top row of teeth. It is a common issue that we often see in patients.

“It creates a bulldog-like appearance in the mouth and face. Some cases of underbite can be severe, causing the lower teeth to extend far forward” detailed Healthline. Some cases of underbite are not as noticeable, but could still lead to problems regarding: eating, biting, chewing, and speech. An underbite can even cause mouth and face pain if not corrected.

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Reach out to Windermere Orthodontics today with questions regarding an overbite or underbite, or to ask about any other situations that may require the assistance of orthodontics. We would be happy to speak with you about our orthodontic services such as clear braces, Invisalign and more! If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member, please fill out our appointment request form to book your free consultation today!

-Dr. Gorlovsky