An overbite is one of the most common orthodontic issues. It occurs when you have a significant overlap of your top front teeth over your lower front teeth. Also called a “deep bite” or a “deep overbite”.
A degree of overlap is essential in a healthy smile. However, excess overlap that exceeds 4mm should be reviewed by a specialist orthodontist.
At Peak Orthodontics, our specialist orthodontist Dr John Perry has been helping Christchurch locals correct their overbite and deep bites for many years to help them smile confidently again.
There are many reasons why a deep bite should be corrected, we have listed three of the most important reasons below:
Reason 1: Excessive Wear and Tear
In an overbite, or deep bite, the front teeth overlap the bottom teeth too much. Over time, this overlap can cause excessive wear and tear on the front teeth as they will continually make excessive contact every time you bite, gradually wearing them down. This may lead to the need for restorative dental work in the future if the deep bite is not addressed.
Reason 2: Cosmetic Appearance
For many patients, a pronounced overbite or deep bite can cause them to feel self-conscious about their smile which can negatively affect their self-confidence.
Reason 3: Better Functionality and Comfort
Some patients with a deep overbite may find their bottom teeth impinging on their upper palate when biting and chewing. This can cause discomfort for some patients.
Dr John Perry is dedicated to helping individuals overcome these challenges and provides tailored treatment plans based on the severity of the overbite.
Treating an Overbite in Christchurch
Dr Perry offers free initial consultations, making booking convenient and accessible to all patients. In addition, Dr Perry works closely with a wide range of specialists in the Christchurch dental community to help with all your orthodontic concerns. You can book your orthodontic consultation here or by calling our practice on 03 595 6686.