An overbite is an orthodontic condition that causes the upper teeth to overlap and sit in front of the teeth on the lower jaw. It is extremely common to have a very tiny overbite, but it becomes a big problem when the gap is larger than a few millimeters. Overbites are commonly passed down through genetics, but they can also form later in life due to bad dental habits or jaw injuries. An overbite is only going to get worse over time, so it is very important to get it treated as early as possible. One of the most effective lower jaw correction options is with Forsus™.
What is Forsus™?
Forsus™ is an orthodontic lower jaw correction appliance that helps correct an overbite by changing the position of the lower jaw. This appliance uses metal rods, braces and springs to place gradual pressure on the jaw. This pressure will slowly move the lower jaw to the correct position. Almost everything will be hidden on the sides of the mouth, so nobody will be able to tell that you wearing an orthodontic appliance. Forsus™ can also be attached to traditional metal braces, which helps correct an overbite and misaligned teeth at the same time.
What to Expect
Getting the lower jaw correction device placed in the mouth will only take one short appointment. The orthodontic appliance is attached to the back and middle teeth on the upper and lower jaw. After the short placement appointment is over, your lower jaw will be slowly repositioned as you go about your normal everyday life.
After the Appointment
The lower jaw correction device will not prevent you from eating any of your favorite foods, but it is still recommended to stick to soft foods for the first two days after your appointment. Since the device sits on the side of the mouth, you will have no trouble maintaining your normal oral hygiene routine. Sticking to this routine is very important to ensure that bacteria does not collect on the orthodontic appliance. You will want to avoid opening your mouth too wide because this may cause the metal rods and springs to become loose.
Forsus™ is able to permanently repair your overbite. This means that you can get the device removed once your lower jaw is in the right position. The exact length of the treatment process is based on the severity of your overbite. Most patients have to wear the device for about one year, but some people can be treated in as little as six months.
Overbites are serious dental problems that can’t be ignored. Your symptoms are only going to get worse as you get older, so let the professionals at Unique Orthodontics help you. We are conveniently located in Madera, Old Town Clovis, the Buchanan Area, Tulare, and Fresno. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!