Overbites: What to Know and How to Correct Them

Overbites are one of the most common cases treated by orthodontics. An overbite is a misalignment of the upper front teeth causing them to stick further out over the lower front teeth. There are two main types of overbites: skeletal overbites and dental overbites.

Skeletal overbites occur when the mouth is too small causing the teeth to be overcrowded when growing in. This is usually caused by genetics. Dental overbites, on the other hand, are not due to genetics but result from childhood habits. Habits such as thumb or pacifier sucking past 3 years old, nail biting, or teeth grinding can cause dental overbites. These habits can also worsen a skeletal overbite that was already present. Luckily, there are many overbite correction treatments available at our Braces Braces offices.

Overbite Correction Treatments

Overbites can be a nuisance, but there are many treatment options to correct the misalignment and prevent further crowding and shifting of your teeth. Three main overbite correction treatments we recommend to our patients are traditional metal braces, clear braces and Invisalign clear aligners.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces consist of small, metal brackets that attach to the front surface of your teeth and connect with wires and rubber bands. This is the most common overbite correction treatment option because it is the most affordable, it is very effective, and it has been around the longest. Metal braces can also be customized with colorful bands. The timeline for correcting overbite with these braces ranges from one to three years.

Clear Braces

Clear braces are similar to traditional braces in structure, but instead of metal they are made with tooth-colored ceramics. This overbite treatment option is more affordable than Invisalign while still being less noticeable than metal braces. Clear braces require the same timeline of treatment as traditional braces, but some people opt for clear braces because they look more natural than metal braces.


Invisalign is a type of overbite correction treatment that consists of clear, plastic aligner trays that fit over your teeth to prevent them from shifting. Invisalign is becoming more and more popular to correct overbites. It is more comfortable than both metal and clear braces which contain brackets, and it is much more discreet because the clear aligners sit on top of your natural teeth. Invisalign clear aligners are not permanently attached to your teeth like braces, and can be taken out to eat and brush your teeth. Although a more expensive route than braces, the timeline for Invisalign treatment is significantly less than braces, with some results in as little as six months.

What Happens if Overbites Are Not Corrected?

Minor overbites are common and often harmless, but more severe overbites can lead to health issues. Some of these health issues include difficulty breathing which can lead to respiratory problems, pain while chewing, jaw pain, difficulty with speech, cavities, and gum disease. If you have a serious overbite, it’s important to have your overbite corrected by a board certified orthodontist before it causes bigger health concerns.

Contact Braces Braces Today!

If you are looking to correct your overbite, give Braces Braces a call today! Let our expert team of Atlanta-based orthodontic professionals assess your individual dental needs and discuss which overbite correction treatment option would best meet your smile goals.