What can cause an overjet?
An overjet is when the upper front teeth are further forward than the lower ones. Overjets are similar to overbites, another type of malocclusion where the upper teeth overlap your lower teeth. The primary difference is that the teeth protrude outwards at an angle for a horizontal misalignment with an overjet, while with an overbite, they’re angled straight down.
Symptoms of overjets
Several factors can cause an overjet, such as overcrowding that pushes your front teeth out, thumb sucking or overuse of pacifiers at a young age. An overjet does more than change the appearance of your smile. These malocclusions can result in many other symptoms, such as the following:
- Difficulty chewing and eating
- Speech impediments
- Increased risk of injury or damage to protruding teeth
- Irregular appearance
- Jaw pain
Our customized treatments for overjet
Orthodontists use several methods to treat overjets and overbites, ranging from braces to surgery, depending on the severity. At Amazing Smiles Orthodontics, we offer several overjet correction treatments. We understand that patients typically want to avoid surgical options, so we also offer overjet correction with extraction.
At Amazing Smiles Orthodontics, we’re proud to be part of your journey toward a better smile. Our team of experienced professionals will work with you to determine the best solution for your orthodontic needs. We strive to make every patient feel calm and supported from the moment they walk in our door, whether you’re looking for overjet correction or another treatment.
If you’re ready to fix your overjet and get the smile you want, schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in the St. Louis area!