The Importance of Treating Overbite and Underbite

Dr. Ronald Konig offers a number of treatment options for overbite and underbite – two of the most common types of malocclusion. Among the most popular options at our Houston office are:

  • Conventional orthodontics such as braces or Controlled Arch Orthodontics™
  • Functional cosmetic dentistry services such as the nonsurgical facelift
  • Full mouth rejuvenation with crowns, veneers, and other restorative and cosmetic services

These treatments may be complemented through myofunctional therapy, a comprehensive approach that incorporates exercises and other techniques to improve function and help retrain the muscles in the jaw.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Konig will be able to help you determine which of these treatments will produce the best results for you.

What is an Overbite?

OverbiteOverbite is a malocclusion marked by the upper arch of teeth protruding over the lower arch. The issue can range from mild to pronounced, with those more severe cases often resulting in difficulties during the development of the jaw.

When left untreated, an overbite may result in speech difficulties and improper development of the jaw and teeth. This condition may also cause excessive jaw tightening and be a risk factor for neuromuscular disorders like TMJ.

An overbite may be caused by genetics, but may also be related to thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting. When habits contribute to an overbite, myofunctional therapy is especially effective as it helps to draw attention to these behaviors while offering solutions to help reduce their occurrence.

What is an Underbite?

UnderbiteAn underbite is a type of malocclusion marked by the lower arch of teeth protruding past the upper arch. Often pronounced, an underbite can be socially embarrassing and lead to teasing and other difficulties during childhood. Equally worrisome, the condition can lead to speech impediments, breathing difficulties, damage to teeth, chronic facial discomfort, and problems eating.

An underbite is most often hereditary and related to the underdevelopment of the upper jaw. It may also be a result of tooth crowding or another bite irregularity during the development of the jaw.

A fixed anterior growth guidance appliance can help treat underbite when placed before all adult teeth have erupted. Used to expand the upper jaw in all directions, this appliance can be incredibly beneficial for children with pronounced overbite when placed during the developmental stages of the jaw. A removable option may be similarly useful after all adult teeth have erupted, particularly in cases where an underbite has resulted in TMJ.

When is the Best Time to Address Overbite or Underbite?

 Dr. Konig offers advanced options for the treatment of overbite and underbite, enabling him to effectively correct the issues in people of all ages. However, when treated early, problems impacting jaw development can often be avoided, helping to prevent issues with breathing speaking, and eating. Early treatment can also help children avoid bullying and mistreatment that can accompany more pronounced variants of these conditions.

If you live in or around Houston and are considering treatment for yourself or your child, please call Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA at 713-668-2289 to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Konig is the recipient of several distinctions, including Best Dentist in Houston, Best TMJ Dentist in Houston, and Top Dentist in Houston, as well as being listed as a Super Dentist on the national website Call today to schedule a consultation and learn more.

The Konig Center for Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry is a BBB Accredited Business welcoming patients from The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land, and all surrounding areas of Texas.

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