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How Long Do You Need Braces For an Overbite?

Overbites are the name given when your front upper teeth and bottom teeth overlap. This uneven alignment causes jaw and tooth pain. Without proper treatment, an overbite can wear away the enamel, leading to tooth decay and the beginning stages of gum disease. 

Braces and aligners are one of the most effective treatments for remedying an overbite. But how long will it take for braces to treat an overbite?

While it can take anywhere from less than 12 months to 24 months to see results with braces, the answer to this question will depend on several factors. Let’s look at how overbites happen, how they’re treated, and what orthodontic treatments you can use. This way, you can better understand the timeline for any option you consider.

Difference Between Overbites and Overjets

Overbites and overjets are common concerns of patients. While many people mistakenly classify these conditions as the same, they are different. 

Although overbites and overjets are protrusions of the jaw, the biggest difference is the direction in which the jaw protrudes. Overbites have a vertical protrusion, while overjets have a horizontal protrusion. 

What Causes Overbites?

Overbites can come from different places. Some overbites come from jaw growth and formation; some come from genetics, and others from issues like excessive chewing or nail-biting.

Dr. Koen has years of experience transforming people’s overbites with orthodontic treatment. We are committed to helping you reveal a more confident smile.

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Can Invisalign Fix Overbites?

Invisalign is a virtually transparent orthodontic appliance that can correct an overbite without brackets and wires. 

How does Invisalign fix an overbite? The secret to this technology is each set of custom-made aligner trays that gradually help you achieve a better alignment between your jaw and teeth. 

Dr. Koen has helped many people enjoy a better smile with aligner technology. As an expert orthodontist, he understands what causes overbites and can design your best smile with this incredible technology. 

Do You Need Overbite Surgery?

Whether you need overbite surgery depends on your unique needs. We are a conservative practice, and we will not recommend any procedure unless it is absolutely necessary

Modern orthodontic technology can address the most mild bite conditions. Moderate to severe cases may require surgical intervention. During your complimentary consultation, we will assess your needs and create an orthodontic plan to serve your needs.  

Schedule an Appointment in Hendersonville or Cookeville and See Your Overbite Treatment Options

Your complimentary consultation will last about an hour. Our team is dedicated and passionate about giving people glowing smiles. After completing your pain-free exam, we will have a better sense of your unique needs.

No matter where you are in life, it’s always the right time to start enjoying a straighter smile. We have helped people from all walks of life get the smile they’ve always wanted. Get started now with your complimentary consultation!

We are excited at the opportunity to provide orthodontic care for you and your family! If you have more questions about what to expect at your first orthodontist appointment, contact our office at (615) 824-5636.