03 Apr Deep bite, an overbite problem that can affect your health
A deep bite is a state of increased overbite so that the upper teeth outnumber the lower ones more than normal. A deep bite exists when it exceeds one third of the vestibular surface of the lower incisors covered by the upper incisors.
This overbite can cause disorders such as bruxism, as the patient accumulates excessive tension, periodontal diseases and other functional problems.
There are two types of deep bite:
- Congenital deep bite: it can be skeletal, characterized by a horizontal growth factor, or dentoalveolar, characterized by under occlusion of the molars and/or overeruption of the incisors.
- Acquired deep bite: caused by several factors such as inadequate tongue posture, premature loss of temporary motors or wear of the occlusal surface.
In any case, it can be corrected with appropriate orthodontic treatment by intrusion or vestibularization of the anterior teeth or by extrusion of the posterior teeth, as the case may be.
And remember that, in case of suspicion, you should visit your trusted orthodontist so that he or she can examine you and give you an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment.