Overbite is a condition manifesting through one's excessively forward-placed teeth or jaw. Additional, both jaw and teeth can be in this, unnatural position. This can take place due to numerous different factors, some of which are misaligned teeth and skeletal problems. Namely, sometimes, a person's teeth start growing in an unnatural way, getting misaligned in the process, leading to overbite. On the other hand, the problem may not be dental at all. Rather, the jaw is moved forward, causing the otherwise well-aligning teeth to be incapable of maintaining a normal position, leading to overbite. If the problem is dental, braces are the best choice. When people wear braces for a specific time period, these stimulate realignment of the troublesome teeth, removing problems along with the overbite. However, if the problem is skeletal, such as misplaced jaw, there is no need for braces, but, rather, for a different kind of method.
Treating Overbite Without Braces
Before any treatment is prescribed, the conditions need to be established. There is more than one reason you can have an overbite; a common is due to skeletal conditions. One's jaw may be misplaced, being too small or too large, causing it to be extremely contracted or exposed. All of these problems may take place at the same time, or some of these may be appearing at once.
If the jaw bone is the problem, a corrective surgery is necessary. This is performed by detaching the jaw, placing it in the right position; making adequate modifications and screwing it back in by using titanium screws and plates.
Another type of surgery may involve removing the patient's wisdom teeth in order to separate the back of his/her jaw into two pieces, moving it forward. Again, special screws keep the realigned jaw fixed in adequate place. These screws are placed through the skin in the place where the wisdom teeth were extracted. After this procedure is done, the patient needs to endure a recovery period of several weeks, where he/she needs to be extremely careful while moving the jaw, keeping it in the correct position.
All in all, both of the methods require surgeries. However, these help where braces would not be able to provide any comfort since, as it was mentioned above, the problem is not dental. By opting for these surgeries one can have his/her overbite problems treated and, once recovered, will have no similar problems again.