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Overbites are for Bunnies, Not for Humans

EXCESSIVE OVERBITE WORKS for a bunny eating a carrot, but not for a human.

Overbite, the vertical overlap of front teeth (incisors) with correct angulation and 2-4 millimeters deep is healthy. When excessive, it can cause severe dental health problems.

Human teeth move into the mouth until they touch. When the front teeth contact each other properly, they are maintained in a healthy position long term (anterior coupling).

Long-Term, Excessive Overbite Causes Severe Damage To Teeth And Gums

With excessive overbite, front teeth move into the mouth and miss each other. In excessive overbite, teeth stop moving when they hit the lower front gums or the skin on the roof of the mouth. This creates gum damage and leads to gum recession, bone loss, tooth sensitivity, and severe damage to the front teeth.

Excessive overbite can damage the tongue side of upper front teeth which may need crowns. Lower front teeth continue to wear down to the gum line. This wear and excessive overbite make restoration of these teeth problematic.

Correction Takes Some Time, But It’s Worth It

An orthodontist carefully evaluates excessive overbite and analyzes tooth position, lip position, and face height. Correction of excessive overbite (deepbite) is not quick and easy. It will take two years. Orthodontic biomechanics are customized for each patient depending on their individual clinical findings.

This case was treated by orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorczyca Orthodontics, in Antioch, California. For more information call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation.

Overbites are fine for bunnies, not for humans. If you have an excessive overbite, don’t hop around. Run to start your orthodontic treatment today!


One response to "Overbites are for Bunnies, Not for Humans"

  • Alisha says:

    I am 13 and I have an overbite. I am so blessed to be able to get this fixed. I am going through so much. I have a bar that widens my top jaw so when my procedure is done they will match. It is working so well. We were worried that my jaw wouldn’t be able to be widened as my top jaw could have solidified. But thanks to my Ortho. & Surgeon.

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