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How Can an Orthodontist Fix Your Overbite?

How Can an Orthodontist Fix Your Overbite?

Do you smile with your teeth closed? Are you self-conscious about how your real smile looks?

If you can’t show your genuine happiness because you’re embarrassed about your overbite, you need to know about the options available to you. Orthodontic treatments can help reduce or eliminate the overbite and give you back the smile you’re proud of.

Read on for more details about overbites and the treatment options.

What Is An Overbite?

You’ve probably heard of an overbite, and you know it means that your teeth aren’t lined up quite right. But what exactly is an overbite? You have an overbite if your top teeth stick out over your bottom teeth by at least a third.

There are different kinds of overbites or malocclusions. You may have a horizontal overbite, meaning the top teeth stick out in front of the bottom teeth. Or you may have a vertical overbite, meaning the top teeth hang in front of the bottom teeth when you bite down.

Overbites happen for different reasons. When the jaw isn’t aligned right, it’s called a skeletal overbite. An overbite that happens because of crooked teeth is a dental overbite.

You might also have an overbite because of TMJ or if you grind your teeth. These are all cases that your orthodontist can evaluate based on your individual needs and history.

No matter the cause, overbites can be corrected with orthodontic treatment. Here are some of the best ways to compensate for malocclusions.

Braces for Overbite

The most popular way to correct a malocclusion is with braces. Even adults get braces, almost 1.5 million of them every year, and they love the results. 

Braces realign the teeth (and in children, the jaw) using metal brackets. They attach to the teeth with strong wires and work to pull the teeth into place slowly over time.

The length of time you wear braces depends on your medical and dental history and the severity of your overbite. Those with less severe cases could wear braces as little as 18 months, whereas someone with a more pronounced overbite may need to wear them as many as three years.

During the time you’re wearing braces, you’ll have to monitor what you eat more closely. Biting down on hard, crunchy, or chewy foods can damage the braces and cause you a lot of pain. You can minimize the difficulty by cutting your food into smaller pieces before you eat them and chewing with your molars.

Braces can also stain the teeth if you don’t take proper care of them, or if you drink too many dark liquids while wearing braces. You’ll have a special small brush that fits in between the metal brackets to help you clean your teeth after eating. Your orthodontist will also show you how to floss when you’re wearing braces.

After the braces get removed, you’ll need to wear a retainer at night for the rest of your life. This keeps your teeth in place even after the metal brackets and wires are gone.

Clear Aligners

Another type of orthodontic treatment for less severe overbites is clear aligners. This service is a series of aligners that slowly change the alignment of your teeth as braces do, but without the metal brackets. You wear the aligners all the time, except when you eat.

The advantage of aligners is that you don’t have the food restrictions that you have with braces. They can get stained, though, so you have to remove them when you’re drinking coffee or cola to keep the aligners clean. Proper care of your clear aligners means you also have to clean them and take good care of them, which is a little different than with braces.

Surgery

In some very rare cases of skeletal overbites, your jaw may be misaligned. In this case, uses braces or clear aligners to change the way your teeth sit in your mouth won’t help. You need to have surgery on your jaw to correct a skeletal overbite.

This could be a minimal surgery like a tooth extraction, which can help make more room in your mouth. This can help your teeth align without a more serious procedure. After the extraction, you can use the other orthodontic treatments like braces.

During surgery, the surgeon can reset your jaw forwards or backward. Irregularities in the jaw don’t have to hold you back. Ask about this surgery if your orthodontist tells you that you have a severe skeletal overbite.

A Cost Comparison

If you read about both treatments and aren’t sure whether braces or clear aligners will be more affordable to you, you may be surprised to learn that they usually cost around the same amount. There are different brands of aligners, and some may be more affordable with different insurance coverage.

For children, most insurance will cover at least part of the cost of braces. However, insurance policies don’t cover as much for adults. Check with your provider about the benefits you can take advantage of as you consider your orthodontist’s recommendations.

Don’t hide your smile. Make a change you can feel good about instead.

Smile With Confidence

Get rid of your reservations about your overbite and get your smile corrected today. Whether you opt for adult braces, clear aligners, or even extraction or surgery, you can smile with confidence. Your orthodontic treatment can give you the grin your proud to show off, instead of hiding behind closed lips.

For more information or to get started with your custom orthodontic treatment today, contact us at Koerich & Case Orthodontics.

New Year, New Dental Benefits

New Year, New Dental Benefits

A new year always brings new opportunities. The start of a new year also brings new dental benefits! Once January rolls around again, your dental benefits renew and you can add improving your dental health to your list of New Year’s resolutions. There are many perks of using your dental benefits, which all revolve around a happy, healthier smile in 2019.

Preventative Care

The benefit of most dental insurance plans is that preventative care like routine cleanings, oral exams, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants, are covered without needing to meet a deductible. This is good news if you are wanting to make your pearly-whites a priority in the new year. Preventative care will ensure that you are taking the necessary steps for a healthy smile so you can avoid more costly work if a dental or orthodontic problem were to persist. During these types of appointments, your dentist will also be able to refer you to your nearby orthodontist if they feel like orthodontic work would be the best option for you.

Basic Procedures

Perhaps in the New Year you find yourself needing a filling for a cavity, or maybe a tooth is causing you discomfort and you need an extraction. This type of work is classified as a basic procedure and most insurance policies will cover 70 to 80 percent after meeting your deductible. Coinsurance and copays will also help determine what you pay out of pocket. Additionally, if you require a root canal or treatment for issues like gum disease, your insurance will help you pay for it. If you have a deductible to meet, visiting the dentist for more basic procedures will help you reach that deductible so your insurance can pay any major procedures you may have.

Orthodontic Treatment

To receive coverage for orthodontic treatment like braces, InvisalignⓇ and other corrective solutions, most dental insurance plans or health insurance plans will allow you to add on insurance to cover these costs and make corrective procedures more affordable for you and your family. If you are considering braces for your child or even yourself, talk to your orthodontist in Charlotte, NC about different insurance options and what they recommend to work best for your life and goals.

At Case Orthodontics, we accept many different kinds of dental insurance to help you achieve a healthier smile in 2019. Regardless of what your need is, whether it be Phase 1 orthodontic treatment or Invisalign, talk to our team about your dental insurance options and what dental benefits your plan can give you in 2019. Put your best smile forward!

Should You Consider Braces or Invisalign This Holiday Season?

Should You Consider Braces or Invisalign This Holiday Season?

When it comes to straightening your teeth, two options immediately come to mind: traditional braces or Invisalign. There are many different pros and cons to each, depending on the person. What might work for one person may not necessarily be the right choice for you. If you have had a friend who has had Invisalign and they really enjoyed the treatment plan, it may not mean that you will also have the same experience. Everyone’s teeth are different and therefore treatment options and plans need to be different too. Case Orthodontics offers both types of treatment options and can advise you on which option may be best for you.

Invisalign vs braces

Braces

Braces have come a long way since the uncomfortable experiences of even a decade ago. Today’s braces are less noticeable and feel easier to wear. If you are worried about your braces being very noticeable, you have the option to get braces that are more clear. With braces, you have a bracket attached to each tooth and they are connected by a wire. Braces can be metal, ceramic or a hybrid combination of materials. Throughout treatment, these brackets stay on the teeth but they can be tightened to accommodate the movement of teeth as they straighten. Treatment plans as far as length of time wearing them will be different for different people.

Invisalign

Invisalign may be more logical for your lifestyle or professional life. Invisalign is made of clear, BPA-free plastic, so it is more discreet than metal braces. Additionally, Invisalign is removable so there are virtually no food restrictions! Simply remove the aligners briefly before enjoying your favorite foods! Aside from eating certain foods, you shouldn’t need to remove the aligners that often. It is recommended that the aligners stay in at least 20 hours each day.

Invisalign treatment works by wearing plastic aligners that you get adjusted about every two weeks. They may be more suitable for your lifestyle, but if getting them adjusted every two weeks seems too frequent, having braces may be more accommodating for your schedule as you will likely not be visiting the orthodontist that frequently as your treatment with braces continues.

Alternatively, if you feel like you may be tempted with removing your Invisalign aligners too frequently, a more permanent treatment like braces may be better for you.

No matter what treatment option you choose, both traditional braces and Invisalign will give you straighter teeth and improve your oral health! Consult your local orthodontist before being set on a treatment option. At Case Orthodontics, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, we offer both Invisalign and traditional braces to give you a happier smile this holiday season. Contact us to learn more, or to schedule an appointment.

 

What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

 

Because a healthy smile leads to overall wellness, it’s important to make a habit of taking your child to the dentist at a very young age. Aside from general dental care, it’s also important that your child has an orthodontic appointment by the age of seven. While your child may not have a serious need for braces, getting a check-up at this age will help determine if your child does need orthodontic work in the future, as well as help correct any other issues early on. This early orthodontic work is also known as Phase 1 Orthodontics and can help lead to easier orthodontic work and a healthy smile in the future.

 

Phase 1 Orthodontics or interceptive orthodontics describes the treatment your child receives around the age of eight or nine, while there are still baby teeth present. During Phase 1, jaw growth and alignment is supported and more space is created to allow for erupting teeth to come through. This is sometimes done with spacers, which are bands placed in the mouth to prevent any overcrowding. This helps prevent having teeth to be pulled to make room in the mouth. If the teeth are too crowded, this can cause occasional or frequent headaches, tooth pain, and can lead to tooth decay.

 

Correcting jaw alignment at an early age can prevent things like jaw surgery that may need to be done to make sure that the jaw and teeth are properly aligned. This also helps with correcting bite issues such as an overbite or underbite and can also help with the symmetry of the face. Because the jaw bones are fully fused by around the age of eight, this early evaluation by an orthodontist is essential. If not corrected, overbites and underbites, also called malocclusions, can lead to jaw pain, tooth decay, headaches and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, which inhibits the movement of the lower jaw.

 

There are several benefits of receiving Phase 1 ortho, which include decreasing the amount of time that your child has to wear braces, among others. If these early steps are completed when the permanent teeth haven’t fully come in yet, getting orthodontic treatment such as braces will be a much easier process. When the teeth are essentially prepped during Phase 1, this can decrease the time that your child will need to wear braces and other orthodontic treatment can be less invasive and less expensive, saving you time and money.

 

Phase 1 orthodontics will give your child an easier and faster process to a more beautiful smile. When it comes to your child’s smile, it’s best to plan ahead.

 

At Case Orthodontics, we offer Phase 1 Orthodontics so your child can receive early interceptive treatment. We additionally offer Phase 2 Orthodontics for your child between the ages of 11 and 15. Because tooth alignment can change at any age, we also offer orthodontic treatment for adults. Schedule an appointment at our Charlotte, North Carolina office for an evaluation and start on your child on their path to a straighter and healthier smile!