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Overbite Teeth and Other Jaw Misalignments

In orthodontics, the terms overbite teeth, buck teeth, and underbite teeth often come up when discussing jaw misalignments. These conditions can affect not only the appearance of your smile but also your overall oral health.

We’ll discuss the definitions of these terms, how they affect you, and how Webster Orthodontics can help you achieve the perfect smile.

What is an overbite?

An overbite, also known as a deep bite, is a common dental condition where the upper front teeth overlap significantly with the lower front teeth when the mouth is closed. 

Contributing factors to overbites include genetics, thumb-sucking habits, or prolonged use of pacifiers in childhood.

What are buck teeth?

Buck teeth, a colloquial term, is often used to describe an overbite primarily affecting the top two teeth. It carries a somewhat negative connotation. In reality, not all cases of buck teeth are extreme or unsightly. 

Some people have a slight case that adds character to their smile. Nevertheless, if the overbite is pronounced and affects the function of your teeth, it may require orthodontic intervention.

What is an underbite?

An underbite occurs when the lower front teeth protrude beyond the upper front teeth when the mouth is closed. Essentially, it’s the opposite of an overbite. 

Underbites can result from similar causes as overbites, including genetic factors and thumb-sucking habits. They could also stem from abnormal jaw growth patterns.

The importance of early intervention

Whether dealing with overbite teeth, buck teeth, or underbite teeth, early intervention is essential to achieving the best results. 

At Webster Orthodontics, we encourage parents to bring their children for an orthodontic evaluation by seven years old so we may identify and address potential bite issues before they become more challenging to correct.

Addressing malocclusions at Webster Orthodontics

Not all underbite, buck, or overbite teeth require treatment solely for cosmetic reasons. All of these conditions can impact your bite alignment and oral health. An untreated underbite, for example, can lead to difficulties in chewing, speech problems, and even jaw pain.

At Webster Orthodontics, we understand the significance of these issues and their impact on oral health. Our team of experienced orthodontists employs cutting-edge technology and personalized treatment plans to address them effectively. 

Standard treatment options include braces, Invisalign®, or other orthodontic appliances that gradually shift the teeth into their proper positions. The right solution for you or your child depends on personal preference, budget, and needs. 

For example, let’s say you have a teen who is unhappy with their smile but would be even less happy wearing braces. In this case, Invisalign® may be the best solution since it’s discreet, and their peers won’t notice the aligners. 

Or, if this is for you and you’re over 18, you may want clear aligners to look more professional. 

On the other hand, you may have a younger child with a severe overbite. Braces can more effectively treat serious cases. And your younger child may appreciate all the color options available. 

To summarize

Underbite, overbite, or buck teeth are common dental conditions that can impact the esthetics and function of your smile or your child’s. While these terms might carry certain stigmas, our qualified orthodontist can correct these issues.

Don’t let overbite teeth, buck teeth, or underbite teeth hold you back from a confident smile and optimal oral health.

Contact Webster Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation and embark on your journey to a happier, healthier smile.



Our office is in Las Vegas, so we’re near whether you live in the city or one of the surrounding towns of Winchester, Sunrise Manor, Spring Valley, Henderson, or Paradise!

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