How Braces Work
The most common cure for an overbite is traditional braces. According to the American Dental Association, braces apply pressure to realign your teeth through brackets cemented to your teeth connected by metal wires. Your dentist or orthodontist will occasionally tighten the braces to help shift your teeth and jaw as need. The ADA notes that abnormal bites, like overbites, are usually apparent by age 6 and treated from 8-14. They're usually worn 1-3 years during their adolescent years as their growth aids in the results.
Ultimately, braces properly align your jaw and teeth, yielding an even bite and pleasant smile, according to the Mayo Clinic. Getting braces occurs in three phases:
- Affixing the braces on your teeth
- Periodic adjustments by your dentist or orthodontist
- Removal of braces and use of a retainer
In the first few weeks, pressure and some discomfort may exist with the braces insertion of a foreign appliance into your child's mouth. That's totally natural. That will pass. It's essential to properly clean your braces so they can do their job of helping the overbite of your child.