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Information And Treatment

You have an overbite if your top jaw juts too far over the bottom, meaning that your upper and lower jaws don't line up properly. If you've got an overbite, you may experience uncomfortable chewing and breathing, and (on a purely vain level) a somewhat equine appearance.

Most overbites are inherited from Mom and/or Dad. But there are other ways to develop an overbite, including poorly planted dental and orthodontic treatments like braces, crowns, and fillings, injuries that affect the structure of the jaw, and bad kiddie habits like sucking on a pacifier, thumb, or bottle.

Age range: Overbites can be corrected at any time, but treating an overbite is most effective in the young. Repairing overbites in people between the ages of eight and 20, while the jaw bone is still growing, can produce the best results.

Interesting Facts

According to a 2010 study to determine the effectiveness of a new treatment device for five to seven year olds, overbites are so common among children that 93% of 485 children were cleared for the trial.

Overbites are either vertical or horizontal. A vertical overbite just means that the upper jaw overlaps the bottom, while a horizontal overbite is topped off by flared, overlarge teeth.

Who's Affected?

She's best known for her wholesome smile, but Jessica Simpson has an obvious overbite as well. "I've always had the nickname Rabbit," Simpson told People magazine, revealing that she never wore braces. When People asked Eva Mendes to complete a survey by filling in the blank, Mendes responded, "I have the hugest overbite. It's so big, my brothers and sisters used to call me Bugs. But I've never fixed by bite because it's one of the things that makes me."