Okemos, Lansing, East Lansing MI
An overbite is a common condition in which a person’s top teeth extend beyond his or her bottom teeth. Many people have a slight overbite, but more severe cases can be caused by genetics, poor oral hygiene and thumb- or pacifier-sucking for too long as a child. The condition can cause a person to have difficulty smiling, speaking and/or chewing.
Fortunately, advancements in cosmetic dentistry have provided options to address and correct an overbite. Today our Okemos cosmetic dentist, Dr. Christine Tenaglia, is focusing on three cosmetic procedures that can help with an overbite.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, durable shells that our cosmetic dentist in Lansing adheres to the surface of teeth to correct a multitude of issues, including discoloration, minor crookedness or teeth that are too short, chipped, fractured or broken. While veneers do not work to technically straighten teeth, they can cover up misaligned teeth to give the appearance of a straight bite and smile.
Traditional metal braces are a common overbite solution, especially for kids. Over time and using occasional adjustments at our Okemos dentist office, braces gradually pull teeth into their proper position, correcting an overbite.
Invisalign uses clear, discreet aligner trays to do the same job as braces: gradually shift teeth into their proper position. Invisalign is a popular choice among older teens and adults looking to straighten their teeth and bite. The trays must be worn almost 22 hours a day, so Invisalign isn’t the best choice for kids who may pull the trays out.
Overbite Correction in East Lansing and Okemos
Cosmetic dentistry offers options to people who are looking to correct an overbite. If you’re curious about which method may work best for your situation, give Tenaglia Smiles a call at (517) 940-8684, or reach out to us online to schedule an appointment today.