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Teeth are not supposed to grow above each other

It doesn't matter whether you laugh, talk, chew or yawn: Your jaw is constantly moving - together with a series of sinews, muscles and joints. Therefore a misaligned tooth affects much more than "just" the teeth themselves.



What is overbite?

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Illustration overbite

Overbite is when the upper front teeth extend too far over the lower front teeth. Overbite is one of the most frequently diagnosed dental misalignments. But here a slight overbite is not yet a misalignment, it is totally normal. That is to say slightly overlapping upper front teeth prevent an unnecessary pressure on your dentition. You should not consider orthodontic treatment until the distance between the upper and lower teeth has become too large.

Overbite - possible consequences

The following principles apply: Not every overbite requires treatment. But over time, overbites have been shown to lead to constraints and they can make teeth more susceptible to damage.

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