Have you noticed a larger overlap of your top teeth? Is there a protruding gap? If so, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment to correct an overbite. An overbite is identified by the extent to which your upper teeth protrude and overlap your lower teeth. Ideally, your upper teeth should overlap the lower ones by 1-2 mm. But if the gap is 4 to 10 mm, it is considered a malocclusion that requires treatment.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

Overbites are a hereditary problem that occurs naturally as your teeth erupt. However, some habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can contribute to the malocclusion because the thumb pushes the front upper teeth and bone forward. Bad bites can be corrected by a dental specialist known as an orthodontist.

Some of the likely treatments for an overbite include:

  • Invisalign clear aligners – to slowly and discreetly move the teeth and jaw to their correct position
  • Braces – to slowly move the teeth and jaw to the correct position
  • Teeth removal for children and tweens to create room for the adult teeth to grow in straight
  • Oral Surgery – to correct severe jaw problems in adults

Although malocclusion can be corrected at any age, it is recommended that bad bite problems be corrected as early as possible to reduce the risk of severe physical implications of having an untreated overbite. Children should visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 years for early intervention.

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To find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you, contact your orthodontist in Bellflower, CA to schedule your consultation today.


Getting braces is typically not the orthodontic treatment you look forward to experiencing unless you understand the value of the results. Braces in Bellflower CA offer you the opportunity to straighten your teeth for a more confident and healthy smile. As a trusted solution for correcting misalignment, overbites, and underbites, braces may be the best option for helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.

How Dental Braces Work

The orthodontist first will evaluate your bite and oral habits by visually examining your occlusion. It is recommended you be free of cavities and have healthy gums before starting braces treatment. The orthodontist requires a cavity clearance form to be signed by your dentist, as long as, the last dental check-up has been within 6 months. Panoramic X-rays, photos, and study models will be taken of your teeth and gums to guide the orthodontist to evaluate the jaw joints and overall health of the teeth that cannot be diagnosed by visual exam.

After the evaluation, your orthodontist will place the braces (brackets) on your teeth by applying special bonding material, composite, and curing light. This procedure is pain-free and you should not feel any discomfort. After the braces are placed, a Niti (Nickel Titanium) wire will be placed on the braces. At this point, you will select any color of ties that go around the braces.

Once the ties are in place the orthodontist will show you how to brush and floss and discuss all the foods that must be avoided during orthodontic treatment. It’s essential to note that you will feel some discomfort 24 hours after the wire is placed and it should last for 2-3 days.

Schedule Your Consultation

To find out if braces are right for straightening your smile, please contact your dentist in Bellflower CA to schedule your consultation to achieve the smile of your dreams.



When considering improving your smile, it is essential to understand which treatment option is best for you.  For many adults, straightening your teeth is the most minimally invasive way to enhance your smile. Adult orthodontics is an excellent solution for realigning your smile to give you the smile of your dreams.

How Adult Orthodontics Work

Whether you have crooked or misaligned teeth, braces are the least invasive solution to fixing that smile. Gone are the days where braces were limited to pre-teens and adolescents. Adult braces have made the process of obtaining and managing braces much more comfortable and discreet. Adult orthodontics can improve your oral health by making teeth easier to clean. When teeth are crooked or misaligned, it’s difficult to clean efficiently at home.

The act of flossing is a rare routine for many people, and when flossing is not performed or conducted correctly, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth. Dangerous and unhealthy bacteria can build up if a dental cleaning is not done properly, which can lead to poor oral- like cavities and gum disease. In addition to these oral health issues, severe dental infections can sometimes lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke in some people. Bacteria from a gum infection can get into your internal bloodstream, and contribute to inflammation of blood vessels. Adult orthodontics make it much easier to ensure that teeth are cleaned the way they are supposed to be and can also decrease the risk of needing implants or dentures down the line.

Your good health is a major factor in enjoying your life. Adult orthodontics can improve your health and your internal health.  If you have questions or concerns about your oral health and whether adult orthodontics could be a solution for you, contact your orthodontist in Bellflower CA to schedule your consultation.


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