If an overbite has kept you or your child from smiling, here’s some great news! Thanks to new technology and treatments, you won’t have to wear an uncomfortable headgear to fix your bite. You can now get it corrected at Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas with a special orthodontic appliance called the Carriere® Distalizer™. It is specially designed for correcting that overbite that makes you hide your smile.
An Overbite and What Causes It
An overbite is a type of malocclusion that occurs when the top row of teeth overlap the lower row. Habits such as long-term use of a pacifier or baby bottle in infants and children or chronic nail-biting in teens or adults may cause the teeth to overlap. Fortunately, the Carriere® Distalizer™ can correct this problem without removing any permanent teeth.
How to Fix an Overbite with Orthodontic Treatment
Our Dallas orthodontist, Dr. Ragan, can treat and correct your bite using the Carriere® Distalizer™. Treatment is done in two primary stages. After deciding if this orthodontic appliance is right for you, treatment begins with installing the appliance. Later on, braces can be installed to complete the treatment.
How the Carriere® Distalizer™ Works
A Carriere® Distalizer™ device is attached to the upper teeth on one or both sides of the mouth. It is kept in place by a removable elastic band attached to the back molars. The device works by gradually pushing the upper teeth into their proper position over a period of months. The elastic band should be worn at all times except when eating. This helps to speed up the treatment time.
Getting Braces to Complete an Overbite Treatment
After the teeth reach the desired position, Dr. Ragan can remove the appliance and install braces on the teeth to finish aligning them. You could choose any of the braces we offer. Our orthodontist in Dallas can help as you decide if traditional metal braces or some other type of treatment like Invisalign® is ideal for you.
Benefits of Correcting an Overbite
In addition to giving you a healthy smile, restoring the teeth to their normal position helps to:
- Improve chewing
- Enhance speech
- Stop teeth and gum damage
- Improve sleep apnea
- Stop headaches or jaw pain related to an overbite
Now that you know a little bit more information on how to fix an overbite, it’s time to reach out to Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas to book an appointment with our orthodontist. Contact us today and schedule your evaluation!