An overjet is a misalignment that creates a horizontal distance between your upper and lower front teeth. Ideally, your upper teeth should overlap the lower teeth by 1 to 2 millimeters. When an overjet occurs, this gap appears as a larger 4 to 10-millimeter space. Fixing an overjet lowers the risk of dental injuries and improves many conditions, assisting with long-lasting comfort and health.
Overjets might be inherited from genes, resulting in skeletal bone development in the dental roots and jaw that causes the misalignment. Sometimes the condition may result from the way your adult teeth grow in, as well.
External factors like thumb sucking and overuse of pacifiers at a young age may create this malocclusion. Overcrowded teeth, abnormal tongue pressure and the late growth of adult teeth may also force the upper front teeth forward.
Overbite and overjet appear similar. While both conditions include front teeth appearing over the bottom teeth, an overjet protrudes at an angle. This condition may create the appearance of a small-looking lower jaw, thin lips and a small chin. Common symptoms of an overjet include both physical and visual factors, such as:
Fixing an overjet improves gum, teeth and mouth health. While overjet treatments can benefit you at any age, it’s essential to solve misalignment conditions early on before your symptoms progress. Orthodontic care from an experienced and licensed professional does the following:
There are many ways to fix an overjet. Overjet correction without extraction usually involves a form of braces for aligning teeth into their correct position. Treatment customization provides each patient with the best solution for correcting their symptoms with safe and effective results. Some options include:
Our professionals at Reflections Orthodontics provide tailored treatment plans for customized overjet corrections in Clarksville, Tennessee. Our licensed experience provides customers with a healthier smile using:
The first step toward overjet correction starts with an initial consultation. During this visit, you can explore customized treatments and flexible payment options. We offer two locations for patients in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Call 931-647-6370 to make an appointment at the Rudolphtown location, call the North Clarksville location at 931-552-1339 or fill out an online contact form today!