At Szalai & Szalai DDS – Allen Park Dental Care, we provide advanced cosmetic dentistry. That means we correct all types of smile flaws.
Overlapping teeth are fairly common. And while many individuals don’t mind a slight overlap, others feel self-conscious and would like it repaired.
What causes teeth to overlap?
Genetics or thumbsucking as a toddler can lead to overlapping teeth. Of course, some children have teeth that just came in that way.
The mouth may be too small to fit all the teeth correctly. Or having upper and lower jaws that don’t fit together can be a factor. In addition, an injury can knock the upper and lower jaw out of alignment. In some cases, missing teeth or extra teeth (such as wisdom teeth) can result in an overlap.
Unfortunately, overlapping teeth can cause oral problems.
When does it become important to repair overlapping teeth?
- Overlapping teeth cause a lisp, or
- make chewing or speaking is difficult ,
- results in jaw pain,
- trigger tooth grinding or clenching,
- cause the person to bite their inner cheeks.
Certainly, there are benefits to fixing overlapping teeth in addition to cosmetic reasons.
How can you fix overlapping teeth? There are several methods for correcting overlapping teeth. Each has benefits and drawbacks. Discuss them with your dentist or orthodontist.
Are traditional braces the only way to fix overlapping teeth?
There are a few different types of braces available for adjusting overlapping teeth:
- Clear aligners
- Traditional braces
How long does it take to fix overlapping teeth?
The length of treatment varies depending on the severity of the overlap and other factors. However, in most cases it can take at least one year to repair overlapping teeth, depending on the method.
Are overlapping teeth causing you oral dilemmas?
If overlapping teeth cause complications such as tooth or jaw pain, difficulty speaking clearly, or damaging oral habits, it is a good idea to consider correcting. Correcting overlapping teeth can help eliminate bad habits like tooth grinding, clenching the teeth, and biting the cheeks.
Another thing to keep in mind is that teeth continue to shift with age. Therefore, if you correct an overlap as a child or teen, you will likely need a retainer to maintain the teeth’s position.