Overbite in kids with braces

Nov 13, 2023By Jack Gaffey

Having braces is a common experience for many children and teenagers. It's a way to correct dental issues and achieve a straighter smile. One of the common problems that braces can fix is an overbite. An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth overlap significantly with the lower front teeth. In this blog post, we will explore overbites in kids with braces and how they can be effectively treated.

What Causes an Overbite?

An overbite can be caused by various factors, including genetics, thumb sucking, prolonged use of a pacifier, or tongue thrusting. These habits can lead to the improper alignment of the teeth and jaw, resulting in an overbite. It's important to address an overbite early on to prevent any potential dental issues in the future.

Why is it Important to Correct an Overbite?

Correcting an overbite is not just about improving the appearance of the smile; it also has several oral health benefits. An untreated overbite can lead to problems such as:

  • Difficulty in chewing and biting
  • Speech difficulties
  • Increased risk of dental decay and gum disease
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders

By addressing the overbite with braces, these potential issues can be minimized or even prevented.

Treating an Overbite with Braces

Braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to correct overbites in kids. The braces apply gentle pressure to the teeth and gradually move them into their proper positions. The duration of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the overbite and the individual's response to the braces.

During the treatment process, regular visits to Dr Gaffey are necessary to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments. Dr Jack may also recommend the use of additional appliances, such as rubber bands or headgear, to aid in correcting the overbite.

After Braces: Retention Phase

Once the braces have done their job in correcting the overbite, the retention phase begins. This phase is crucial to ensure that the teeth and jaw maintain their new positions. Retention typically involves wearing a retainer, which can be removable or fixed, for a specified period.

It's important to follow Dr Jacks instructions regarding retainer wear and care. Failure to do so may result in the teeth shifting back to their original positions, undoing the progress made during the braces treatment.

Long-Term Benefits of Correcting an Overbite

Correcting an overbite in kids with braces not only improves their smile but also provides long-term benefits for their oral health. Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved chewing and biting functionality
  • Enhanced speech clarity
  • Reduced risk of dental problems, such as decay and gum disease
  • Improved facial symmetry and aesthetics

By addressing the overbite early on, parents can help their children achieve a healthier smile and avoid potential dental issues in the future.


An overbite is a common dental problem that can be effectively treated with braces. By correcting the overbite, children can enjoy improved oral health, enhanced functionality, and a more confident smile. If your child has an overbite, consult with Dr Gaffey today to explore the best treatment options and start them on the path to a healthier smile.