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Overbite Explained - Correction Options and Benefits

Highly Effective VENLAY® Overbite Correction with No Drilling Healthy Teeth, No Braces and No Surgery in Five Weeks or Less

Santa Monica • Beverly Hills • Los Angeles

Reviewed by Dr. Sam Muslin | Last Updated on 08/13/2019

It is common for patients to have faces that are short and round in appearance. This is a result of their malocclusion. Most of these patients have the aesthetic "grumpy look" even if they do not feel grumpy. Many patients with an overbite have TMJ problems which can also be reduced or eliminated with this treatment. The treatment is not only anti-aging but can actually reverse years of aging form the patients face with permanent facial support. Dr. Sam Muslin believes, permanent facial support and creating the best jaw position for the patient is the secret to looking younger the rest of your life.

What Is An Overbite?

An overbite is defined by the degree of overlap of the upper and lower teeth. An ideal overbite has a degree of overlap that would be about one or two millimeters, which is not regarded as a 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 generally is recessive or pushed back by the upper teeth towards the TMJ or jaw joint.

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What Causes an Overbite?

Genetics - Overbites are caused by hereditary or genetics that are part of the natural eruption of teeth. Very few people actually have the best bite for their face and jaws because teeth eruptions are random events. Teeth erupt while the patient is still growing and the teeth 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.

Habits - 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.

Aging - 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.

Why is it Important to Correct an 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 overbite correction, 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 the 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.

At What Age Should You Have Your Overbite Fixed?

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 overbite 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.

Skeletal Overbite vs. Dental Overbite

Skeletal Overbite - When the upper jaw and lower jaw do not match properly, a malocclusion is generally the result. A skeletal overbite is when the sizes of the jaw are different. Most patients do not need jaw surgery because the difference in jaw size is manageable with non-surgical VENLAY® Restorations. In such cases, patients are tested with JawTrac® so that they know it will work. About 98% of the patients seen by Dr. Sam Muslin can successfully be treated without surgery.

Dental Overbite – 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 problem and can be completely reversed without jaw surgery or braces in as little as one to three weeks. Dental overbites make a normal-sized chin look small when it is not small at all.

Can you Get Braces to Fix an Overbite?

Yes, you can get braces or Invisalign® 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 jaw surgery to correct the overbite after the braces were started. Then there are many patients that had overbite correction with braces that got worse during the treatment or it failed shortly after the braces were taken off. Braces are not the best method of correcting 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.

Overbite Correction Treatment Options

Retainers and Jaw Expanders - Primarily used when treating children.

Orthodontic Braces - Generally not necessary but with over 20 years of treating patients with braces, Dr. Sam Muslin understands the significant benefits of braces and will honestly advise you of your treatment choices.

Jaw Surgery - Jaw surgery is almost always combined with braces to correct a skeletal overbite but there are non-surgical alternatives that should be considered.

Treatment without Braces or Surgery - The most ideal treatment would be without braces, surgery or grinding on your healthy teeth. The best treatment would be non-surgical and non-invasive. By building a new ultra-thin layer of porcelain over the biting surface and the outside surfaces of the teeth, the patient has straight white teeth in just a matter of a couple of weeks that protects their healthy tooth enamel.

Treatment with VENLAY® Bite Restoration - The advantage of deep bite malocclusion correction in a non-surgical treatment sequence is obvious.This exclusive treatment can reverse years of aging from the senior patients while replacing all of their old fillings, bridges and crowns with healthy biologically matching restorations that are built to idealize the bite and the shape of the patients face. He has successfully removed years from the aging process while improving their health of his patients. Because patients are living longer, improving the health of the patient through mechanical stress reduction improves their health and appearance for the rest of their lives.

How Long Does It Take to Correct an Overbite?

If you follow the old traditional route of orthodontic braces or Invisalign®, it could take anything from a few months to more than a year. With orthognathic jaw surgery, you will most likeley have to wear braces before and after your surgery. For patients opting for VENLAY® Overbite Correction, the treatment can be completed in as little as two weeks.

Overbite Correction with VENLAY® Bite Restoration

The choices for overbite correction have not been very appealing. Patients have gone through braces, sometimes more than once while others had the clear retainer method. The relapse rate appears to be fairly high and the patients are worn out and suffering from TMJ pain from years of treatment. Now many of these patients are being told that jaw surgery is their only hope. (This is no longer true!)

There are many features to this method and one of them is the speed of treatment. You can keep your job or stay in college because today you can get results that cover virtually every aspect of your functional and cosmetic health in this highly comprehensive treatment. One of our patients said: “It encompasses everything.”

The cosmetic element is developed from the functional jaw position. It is critical to get this part right because if the dentist is not using JawTrac® chances are they are guessing with or without a computer. Dr. Muslin developed JawTrac® because guessing made the results unpredictable. The patient may look good but is functionally miserable.

Once the jaw position is tested and the patient says they love it, the cosmetic elements are designed by Dr. Muslin personally. However, it gets even better. His patients get to see the new VENLAY® Restorations inside their mouth, on their teeth and walk around in different lighting and make changes before bonding! You cannot see the final results before treatment with Invisalign®, jaw surgery or braces.

Benefits of Overbite Correction with VENLAY® Bite Restoration

Reversing Short Round Faces – The lower jaw usually closes too close to the nose causing facial collapse, a small looking 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 chin appear smaller. Your chin is not that small so this method of bite correction allows the chin to appear larger by moving the jaw to a healthy jaw position without pain, force or surgery using JawTrac®. We stress that the overbite jaw position is unhealthy and the overbite JawTrac® jaw position is 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.

What Does VENLAY® Overbite Correction Cost?

When comparing the cost of overbite correction, using the all-inclusive Face Lift Dentistry® Method, 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 method using jaw surgery, braces or clear aligners. It comes with the added benefit of aesthetic excellence, something that jaw 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 jaw surgery or braces. The Face Lift Dentistry® Method works well for patients that have already had jaw 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.

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What to Expect After Your Treatment

One of the most remarkable features of VENLAY® Restoration 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.

Sam Muslin DDS, MAGD

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