Reviewed by Dr. Sam Muslin | Last Updated on 08/04/2020
When the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth, you have an overbite. It is common for overbite patients to have faces that are short and round in appearance, with a small chin, which is mostly a result of their malocclusion. Many patients have an aesthetic "grumpy look," even if they do not feel grumpy. It is common for patients with an overbite to have inward slanted teeth, TMJ pain, and jaw problems.
Modern technology offers a treatment that can address overbite problems fast in as little as 8-days, without braces or clear aligners, no surgery, no teeth extraction, with outstanding aesthetic, anti-aging, and health benefits. Dr. Sam Muslin believes that the best jaw position is essential to ensure the optimum facial support and is the secret to looking younger for the rest of your life.
Orthodontic treatment options for overbite correction have not been very appealing. Patients have gone through braces, sometimes more than once, others tried clear aligners. Some seek help from neuromuscular dentists who often drill down teeth to little pegs when trying to correct the overbite with crowns, caps, and veneers. Fortunately, overbites can now be treated fast and effectively in just a 8-days with the revolutionary Face Lift Dentistry® method. This non-invasive treatment for overbites is a proven, non-surgical, no braces, no extractions, no grinding-down healthy teeth solution, which can be completed without any downtime or drugs for most patients.
If you find yourself grinding and clenching, before or after treatment with braces or bite reconstruction, it could be a sure sign that your TMJ and jaw are not in the optimum position. Unless the jaw and bite are optimized to the TMJ and facial structures to minimize tension, the body has to function with a compromised jaw position for the rest of your life.
We see patients after treatment with braces that relapsed, after clear aligners that made things worse, after orthognathic surgery that was not successful, after porcelain veneers that were sensitive, and after bite reconstructions that required all of the teeth to be ground down. Other patients are simply experiencing the natural aging process, which causes deeper overbites and receding chins, breathing and sleeping problems, and cosmetic issues.
One of the most remarkable breakthroughs in modern dentistry is the Face Lift Dentistry® Bite Correction Method, which gives patients a functional and comfortable jaw position plus aesthetic benefits seldom seen with porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry, all without braces, orthodontic hardware, surgery, and without the need to extract or drill down healthy teeth.
Treatment with the Face Lift Dentistry® method ensures that your jaw is in the most ideal, functional and comfortable position. It is critical to get this part right. If a dentist is not using JawTrac® jaw alignment, chances are they are just guessing or relying on computed data. Dr. Muslin developed the JawTrac® Ideal Jaw Position Technology to allow him to see and optimize the jaw in real-time, rather than guessing. With JawTrac® each of our patients tests this new jaw position while wearing the removable JawTrac® jaw positioner. Our patients know this is going to work before treatment starts.
Once the jaw position is tested, and the patient says they love it, Dr. Muslin personally designs the cosmetic elements. VENLAY® Bite Restorations are high-tech ultra-thin porcelain layers individually bonded over your healthy teeth to optimize your bite, improve the shape of your teeth, and ensures support for your new jawline.
This new porcelain layer gives you a wider smile, ideally shaped and angled teeth with the right color to augment your complexion, improve your profile, balance the proportions of your face, optimize your jawline, and improve your health through improved tongue-space and breathing, relieve stress and tension, help reduce headaches, jaw pain and reverse facial collapse.
This highly comprehensive treatment method can be completed in just a couple of weeks without any downtime.
Reversing Short Round Faces – The lower jaw usually closes too close to the nose causing facial collapse, a recessive chin or a short round face. Older patients have short round faces and younger patients have egg-shaped faces. Reversing the short round face is accomplished with JawTrac® to locate the ideal jaw position and VENLAY® to maintain that position using the Face-lift Dentistry® Method.
Porcelain Veneers Don’t Improve Chins Sizes or Facial Profiles – Smile dentistry and cosmetic dentistry do not improve the jaw position and subsequently cannot relieve TMJ pain, improve chin size or facial profiles. They are OK when you smile but the other 95% of the time they do nothing for you.
Small Chins – Small looking chins are really much larger chins that look smaller. The overbite pushes the chin back making the lower jaw (or mandible) appear smaller. This method of bite correction allows the chin to appear larger by moving the recessed jaw to a healthy position without pain, force or surgery, using JawTrac®. When you have an overbite, the jaw position is unhealthy. The goal of JawTrac® is to find and experience a healthy jaw position.
Reduce Sleeping Problems – Overbites push the jaw back, which causes narrowing of the airway. When the airway is narrow, sleeping problems are a result. Our patients tell us that they are sleeping better, feeling better, have more energy and looking better with VENLAY® Bite Restoration.
Stunning Cosmetic Benefits – This treatment improves the shape, proportions, and support for the entire face. This is way beyond porcelain veneers and cosmetic smile type dentistry. We improve your health and function and at the same time get stunning cosmetic benefits.
Non-Invasive Dentistry – This method of non-invasive dentistry is nothing short of a dental miracle compared to any other choice available to our patients. Orthodontics cannot achieve this level of result. This is why we treat so many younger patients because their teeth are saved and so many mature patients because saving their tooth structure means no shots, no dental drilling, and much less pain.
TMJ Pain – Most of the patients we see with TMJ pain don’t realize that it is caused by their bad bite and unhealthy jaw position. This treatment is a physical solution for a physical problem that reduces or eliminates multiple types of TMJ pain and headaches. For these patients, the enormous cosmetic benefits are a bonus.
Cosmetic dentistry is all about the smile. But, smile-type of dentistry does nothing for your bite or the shape of your face. Cosmetic dentistry can straighten uneven teeth or whiten your smile by using porcelain veneers, crowns, braces, and clear aligners but can't improve your jawline, chin, or facial profile.
Patients often ask if overbites can be fixed by a cosmetic dentist with veneers or crowns. To correct an overbite, all of the teeth on the upper arch or the lower arch need to be treated.
The patient featured in these before-after photos wasted his money getting porcelain veneers on his upper teeth. The attempt to fix his overbite with veneers failed. He has them in the photo on the left. Dr. Muslin showed the patient what his new face would look like on his first visit, before the treatment was started. His porcelain veneers were removed, temporaries placed, and his overbite was corrected when the 28 VENLAY® Restorations were bonded to his upper and lower teeth.
When comparing cost using the all-inclusive Face Lift Dentistry® Method, which includes JawTrac® Ideal Jaw Position Technology and VENLAY® Restorations, you need to consider the following:
The non-surgical, no braces, and no drilling down healthy teeth solution using VENLAY® Restoration with JawTrac® Alignment is the ultimate option for overbite correction. There is no downtime, no surgery, no hospitalization, no braces, far less if any pain, and no clear aligners. The cost is roughly comparable with the overdiagnosed surgical method, followed by braces or clear aligners. It comes with the added benefit of aesthetic excellence, something that surgery, braces, clear aligners, and porcelain veneers cannot achieve.
Before treatment starts, you will experience your new jaw position, and see the shape of your new face and profile with JawTrac® Testing. You cannot test or experience surgery or braces. The Face Lift Dentistry® Method works well for patients that have already had surgery and braces that are unhappy with their results. This method has successful from 14 to 93 years of age treating all types of bite issues, misaligned jaws, underbites, TMJ issues, sleeping problems, and premature aging. It is the new age of non-invasive high-tech treatment.
Follow this link to learn more about treatment cost with the Face Lift Dentistry® Method.
One of the most remarkable features of the Face Lift Dentistry® Method is that you can see what to expect after your treatment as Dr. Muslin will show you during the diagnosis appointment. This website has more examples from real patients than any other website to date which clearly shows his before and after photos that are untouched and unaltered for your evaluation.
Dr, Muslin treats patients from all over the United States, Canada and other parts of the world. The results that he has been able to achieve in such a short period of time have, as his patients have said, "Transformed my life."
The secret to his care is that it is drug-free, no surgery is required, no healthy teeth need to be ground down and the patient's face has improved balance and proportion.
An overbite or deep bite is defined by the degree of overlap of the upper jaw and teeth, and lower jaw and teeth. A normal bite has a degree of overlap that would be about one or two millimeters, which is not regarded as an overbite or malocclusion.
A deep overbite, also referred to as a vertical overbite, is approximately four to ten millimeters deep, and is considered a malocclusion, which requires treatment. When an overbite is deep, the patient's chin is generally recessive or pushed back towards the throat, thereby decreasing breathing, sleeping, and it is also associated with TMJ problems.
Overbites cause a recessive mandible because the lower teeth are forced behind the upper teeth pushing the lower jaw back, which changes the shape of the patient's face to a round shape. As the teeth wear down from clenching, grinding, and jaw misalignment, the worn-down teeth make the overbite and facial collapse get worse over time. The lower jaw or mandible is closing too far which changes the shape of the patient's face and profile
The solution is to reverse the malocclusion, small chin, over-closed mandible, and facial collapse. Treatment is possible without jaw surgery, without braces, and without drilling down healthy teeth.
Overbites are caused by hereditary or genetics, shaped by the natural eruption of teeth, which are random events. Teeth erupt while the patient is still growing, and stop erupting when they hit an opposing tooth. There is no science to predict or manage the natural process of tooth eruption, so overbites, malocclusions, bad bites, underbites, and deep overbites are common.
Chronic habits such as thumb sucking can contribute to an overbite because the thumb pushes the upper teeth too far forward of the lower teeth causing maxillary protrusion or over jet. Sometimes tongue thrusting habits can contribute to a bad bite because the tongue will actually push the teeth into a malocclusion called a maxillary protrusion. The thumb will actually push the upper teeth and bone forward while the thumb also pushes the lower jaw backward.
If a patient already has a deep overbite, as they age, their teeth wear down and will cause the overbite to get deeper. Patients with a tongue thrust do not speak clearly because they use their tongue for speaking and no amount of speech therapy will help the patient as much as getting the teeth, bite and facial proportioning balanced. The form of the teeth affects the function of the face.
Even a slight overbite could become problematic over time. As the overbite increases, typically due to teeth wear, the available tongue space decreases. Bad overbites result in a less than optimal jaw position, facial profile and TMJ stress.
Most people with overbites don't sleep as well and don't breathe as well as they could because there is reduced tongue space. Also, the overbite causes a recessive small looking chin and a weak jawline because the overbite forces the lower jaw back and allows the jaw to close too close to the nose.
Correcting an overbite with braces or clear aligners is still the most popular correction method, and treatment will take approximately one year. After treatment with aligners or braces, the teeth may shift again, and the overbite could return.
Surgery is often recommended as the only option when braces failed. Today, quick and predictive overbite correction without the need for braces, surgery, or teeth extractions is available, although more costly than traditional methods.
The most natural overbite treatment rules out orthodontic braces, elastics or rubber bands, clear aligners, and jaw surgery. The treatment would also need to be done non-invasively, which rules out cosmetic dentistry with porcelain veneers (which will worsen the overbite), full mouth reconstructions, and porcelain crowns because all of the healthy teeth are usually cut down with a drill.
A natural overbite treatment would need to be non-surgical, so you cannot cut teeth down with a dental drill, and you cannot cut the jaw down with a surgeon's scalpel. The only treatment available that provides a natural and effective overbite treatment is the Face Lift Dentistry® method, and it does far more than just correct an overbite.
When your upper teeth cover over your lower teeth as you bite your teeth together, you have an overbite. One to two millimeters of overlap is considered normal. The larger the overlap, the smaller your chin may appear. We have found that the chin is often normal-sized, just forced into an abnormal position by the overbite.
Bite adjustment improves quality of life. Most patients do not realize that the shape of their face is being determined by their malocclusion or a bad bite. Most patients do not understand the relationship of jaw pain, TMJ pain, tooth wear, facial pain, the aging face, the short face, and the classic malocclusion or bad bite.
Without the correct bite, the patient’s speech is less than clear because the patient has to accommodate their jaw position for all the various types of function as speaking, chewing, clenching, and grinding. Generally, patients with deep overbites have lower self-esteem because their entire face, head, and neck are not functioning harmoniously.
The lack of functional harmony contributes to small looking lower jaws, short lower faces, thin lips, and a small chin appearance. Deep overbites cause the faces to look short and the chins to look small. Deep overbites cause the facial profiles to have the appearance of a recessive chin, and the patients tend to have short round faces typical of an older person.
Premature aging is a common side effect of an untreated overbite. So are facial wrinkles, headaches, jaw tension, neck stress, poor posture, small looking chins, slurry speaking, and the lower teeth usually erupt into the upper palate.
We are living decades longer than ever before, and patients with overbites are suffering from poor sleep, their teeth are worn down, and they are clenching and grinding a lot. The teeth, their faces, and jawlines say, "this person does not sleep well."
Treatment should be started as early as possible to minimize the severity of the overbite. People are living a lot longer today and the strain from a malocclusion decreases the quality of life and the health of the patient.
Patient's with ideal bite positions are sleeping better, digesting their food better, have increased self-esteem and have transformed their lives into a healthy and happy existence.
Non-surgical bite correction with Dr. Sam Muslin's VENLAY® Restorations has been successfully completed on patients as young as 17 years of age and as old as 93 years of age. Because it can be completed with much less tooth grinding, braces or surgery, more patients of all age groups can benefit.
Not likely, according to Dr. Sam Muslin. There is no evidence that overbites cause gum problems. We see overbite patients with periodontal disease and many overbite patients without it. There is no correlation with an overbite. With the front teeth overlapping the bottom teeth, excessive wear of tooth enamel is possible, which may lead to tooth decay which in turn could irritate the gum and cause gingivitis or periodontitis.
The skeletal type of overbite is when the sizes of the jaw are different. Most patients do not need surgery because the difference in jaw size is manageable with non-surgical VENLAY® Restorations.
A dental overbite is when the lower jaw closes too far and is pushed back towards the ears by the upper teeth, the chin looks small, and the shape of the face is round. This is the most common overbite and can be completely reversed without jaw surgery or braces in as little as one to three weeks.
Yes, you can get braces or clear aligners to fix an overbite, in some cases. Dr. Muslin provided braces for his younger and older patients for nearly 20 years. However, now he has a much more reliable method to fix an overbite. There is a possibility that braces (or Invisalign®) can fix an overbite, at least temporarily. By far too many people are being told they need both jaw surgery and braces. Unfortunately there are a large number of patients that were told they needed surgery to correct their overbite after the braces were started. Then there are many patients that had braces and ended up with a worse bite shortly after the braces were taken off. Braces are not the best method of treating overbites in adults because of bite stability problems. Today, there is a much more highly successful and predictable non-surgical and non-invasive method for overbite treatment that has many advantages over braces and surgery.
Porcelain veneers or dental laminates can lengthen teeth but cannot correct an overbite or improve the jawline, shape of the face, malocclusion or chin size. If the dentist makes your front teeth longer, then the depth of the overbite becomes worse. The upper porcelain veneers also wear down the natural lower teeth, causing the jaw to sink back even faster. Porcelain veneers have mainly one purpose; it is to cover the outside of the tooth to change the color and the shape of the teeth.
The overbite cannot be corrected by working on only some of the upper or lower teeth. An overbite cannot be corrected if only six teeth are going to be treated. Most patients want porcelain veneers to magically and inexpensively solve the overbite problem but, a traditional porcelain veneer cannot correct an overbite.
To correct the bite and improve a small looking chin, all of the teeth need to have a new chewing surface, height and shape for the lower jaw to be repositioned. Most people with overbites have short round faces and a small looking chin. Porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns on the front teeth cannot improve the jawline, face, overbite or chin size. You need VENLAY® Bite Restorations on all of your upper teeth and, most of the time, all of your lower teeth to get the best overbite treatment.
Most TMJ specialists, neuromuscular dentists, prosthodontists, and general Dentists need to drill down every one of your healthy teeth to correct an overbite with crowns. Drilling down healthy teeth is a destructive process that harms the health of your teeth. It can be a painful process, requires hours of drilling, leaves the teeth vulnerable to infection, can result in chewing pain, hot and cold sensitivity, and it can traumatize the nerves and may require your previously healthy teeth to get root canal treatment to relieve the pain.
Once the teeth are drilled away, it can become very difficult to get the ideal jaw position because the mouth was opened for so long, the teeth are numb from all of those shots, and most patients have no idea where they should close what is left of their teeth together.
Apart from sensitivity issues, another problem caused by drilling away your healthy teeth is the way it affects the jaw position. Traditional dentistry will open the bite, which does not necessarily get the lower jaw in the ideal jaw position. When the bite is opened, and the vertical dimension is increased, the lower jaw is usually manipulated into what dentists call centric-relation. Keep in mind that opening the vertical and getting centric-relation does not mean that the ideal jaw position is even being attempted.
If you follow the old traditional route of orthodontics using braces or clear aligners, it could take anything from a few months to more than a year. With orthognathic jaw surgery, you will most likely have to wear braces before and after your surgery.
For patients opting for VENLAY® Restorations, the treatment can be completed in as little as 8-days.
As your back teeth wear down, the overbite deepens. The upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth more as the back teeth get shortened from wear. With most overbites, the lower teeth front teeth move up, and the lower back teeth wear down, which causes the jaw to be pushed back. The small chin and facial profile also worsen. As the bite deepens, the airway generally gets smaller, so sleeping problems, TMJ issues, neck tension, and jaw pain can also develop. Usually, as we age, the overbite causes speaking problems, and the words get more slurry sounding.