I have a gap between my two front teeth and I have an overbite (Photo)
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Doctor Answers 3
Gap Plus Overbite
Your photos show us part of the picture. To give you a definitive answer we need more info.That said, we will give you some ideas.You have a deep overbite which has caused your gap, or at least will not allow closure of it orthodonticallywithout first treating the overbite. Thus, you need to also treat the lowers. Braces or Invisalign can be used.With the orthodontic treatment, the gap very likely will be closed. Deep overbites can lead to breathing problems when sleeping as we age, so treating the overbite now solves multiple problems now and in the future.If only closing the gap is your main concern now, see a qualified cosmetic dentist to do some bonding on yourfront teeth.
Douglas Jopling, DDS Dallas Texas area
Bite problem between upper and lower teeth are not independent of each other
generally speaking, bite problem is like a puzzle. The problem you see on top teeth is a reflection of another problem on the bottom teeth. In your case, the gap in the top teeth allowed the lower teeth to over-erupt with time. To close the gap without causing premature contact with the bottom teeth, it is best to move the bottom teeth down first to create the necessary space for gap closure. Again, each bite problem is unique like a puzzle and initial proper diagnosis is key.
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