An overbite refers to a large horizontal overlap of the upper front teeth over the lower front teeth.
If your finger can fit between the upper and lower front teeth, it is more than likely you have an overbite.
An overbite may also be referred to as a jaw overbite. This is often due to a smaller lower jaw. By managing jaw problems in early childhood, it can allow for jaw growth to be easily redirected. Therefore, resulting in healthier teeth, a balanced bite and facial harmony.
Large overbites are best treated early before the eruption of all adult teeth. In boys it is younger than 13 years old and in girls it is younger than 11 years old.
If your child requires treatment for an overbite, it is best to first discuss you and your child’s needs, concerns and enthusiasm towards any orthodontic appliance.