Understanding The Basics of Facial Structure
Your facial structure is comprised of multiple factors that all play a role in your overall appearance. For example, your jaw bone defines your chin and cheeks, and you can often notice a person’s overbite in their profile image. Your lips rest against your teeth, and an overbite can make your upper lip stick out in a way that you may or may not be happy about. Depending upon the degree of your overbite, it can also cause your lower lip to appear fuller. Since other factors influence your appearance, you may consider this extra fullness to be a good thing. However, severe overbites sometimes make it harder for the lips to come together, and people with this issue tend to hope that orthodontic treatment will improve the aesthetics of their smile.
Recognizing the Importance of Correcting An Overbite
People approach the need for orthodontic treatment with varying emotions. On one hand, you may be excited about finally achieving the smile of your dreams. Alternatively, you may be worried that your lips will get thinner or not poke out so much on the top. Either way, understanding why it is important to correct your bite helps you recognize the benefits of getting braces.
When you are dealing with an overbite, it affects the way that you eat, speak and smile. For many children, an overbite is one of the reasons why they struggle with pronouncing certain words, and speech instruction may be necessary to address this problem before a child can get their bite fixed with orthodontics. Overbites that affect the adult jaw structure lead to issues such as chipped teeth when the top and bottom teeth tend to strike each other as you speak.
Managing Your Expectations
Aesthetic issues with your smile are correctible with orthodontic treatment. However, it is important to be prepared for any type of changes that you make to your facial appearance. While there are tons of images online depicting dramatic alterations to a person’s appearance, you should be aware that many of these are from people that had severe bite issues.
Working With Your Orthodontic Team
Correcting an overbite can take several months to a year or two depending upon its severity. This means that you will have ample time to build a relationship with your orthodontic team. It is important, to be honest about how you feel about your smile from the very first moment you walk through the doors for your initial consultation. This is because your orthodontist can work with you to make sure that your appearance is altered only as much as it is necessary to correct your bite properly.
Choosing Your Best Treatment Option
During your first appointment, you will talk about the many different ways that you can correct your overbite. For some people, traditional metal wires and brackets are necessary because the overbite is severe. Alternatively, Invisalign might be an option that can offer a more discreet way to correct your bite. With either treatment, you should expect your lips to protrude slightly. This is because of the additional thickness that the appliances place on your teeth. However, this fullness disappears as soon as the appliances are removed. At King Orthodontics, we address aesthetic issue every day. We know how important it is to love your smile.
Contact us and let us know about any concerns that you have about orthodontic treatment affecting your facial structure. We will help you find a solution for your overbite that leaves you ready to show off your favorite asset.
6460 Far Hills Ave
Phone: (937) 433-0830
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