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Understanding Overbites

An overbite, also known as malocclusion, is a common dental issue where the upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth. This misalignment can cause difficulties in biting and chewing, speech problems, and affect the appearance of your smile. If you have an overbite, you may be considering lingual braces as a potential solution.

What are Lingual Braces?

Lingual braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that can effectively correct misalignment issues, including overbites. These braces are placed on the tongue side of the teeth, making them virtually invisible from the front. Unlike traditional metal braces, lingual braces provide a discreet option for those who want orthodontic correction without the obvious appearance of braces.

Effectiveness of Lingual Braces in Correcting Overbites

Many dental professionals believe that lingual braces can effectively correct overbites. The key lies in the customization of these braces. Lingual braces are individually fabricated to fit each patient’s teeth precisely, ensuring accurate correction of malocclusions, including overbites. According to a study conducted by Xiangyang Xu et al., lingual braces achieved successful overbite correction in a significant percentage of the participants (source: NCBI).

Benefits of Lingual Braces for Overbite Correction

When it comes to correcting overbites, lingual braces offer several advantages:

1. Aesthetics

One of the main reasons individuals choose lingual braces is their invisible nature. Since they are placed on the back of the teeth, lingual braces are virtually invisible from the front, allowing you to straighten your teeth without drawing attention to the braces. This can be especially appealing for those who are concerned about the appearance of traditional braces.

2. Customization

Lingual braces are tailor-made to fit each patient’s teeth precisely. This level of customization ensures accurate and effective overbite correction, while also providing a comfortable fit. Your orthodontist will take detailed measurements and create braces that are uniquely designed for your teeth.

3. Efficient Correction

Lingual braces can achieve overbite correction efficiently. By using advanced technology and precise fabrication, these braces apply the necessary pressure to move your teeth into the correct position, helping to create a well-aligned bite. This means that you may see results relatively quickly compared to other types of braces.

4. Flexibility

Lingual braces are suitable for a wide range of misalignments, including overbites. Your orthodontist can tailor the treatment to address your specific dental needs, ensuring effective correction of your overbite. This means that regardless of the severity of your overbite, lingual braces can be a viable solution.

Is Lingual Braces the Right Solution for You?

Lingual braces can be an effective option for correcting overbites, offering aesthetics, customization, efficiency, and flexibility in treatment. However, it is crucial to consult with an experienced orthodontist to determine if lingual braces are the right solution for your specific case.

At Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, our team of skilled orthodontists can assess your overbite and recommend the most suitable treatment plan. Contact us today for a consultation and take the first step towards achieving a beautifully aligned bite and a confident smile.


Created: 14/8/23

Clinically reviewed by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl

Written by: Dr Sanjana Sudarshan

About the author:

Sanjana, an accomplished Orthodontist, graduated with Honours from King’s College and excels in providing tailored treatments using diverse techniques. With a broad dental background, she manages complex conditions holistically. A passionate mentor, conference presenter, and charitable ambassador, she continuously supports the dental community.

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Written by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl

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