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When the upper teeth extend further than the lower teeth, this is called an overbite. So what can cause the jaws to do this? What follows is not a complete list of potential causes, but you may still benefit from this knowledge.

We will start with the most obvious culprit: genetics. Overbites can occur because a person carries the genes for it. However, they are not the only reason. Some behaviors can also affect the alignment of the jaw, and young children can be especially prone to an overbite or other jaw misalignments if they practice these things.

During the early years, the jaws are still forming and they are not as stable. As such, a child’s jaws can get out of alignment more easily than an adult’s jaws can. Some of the things that can cause overbites are sucking on a bottle too long, sucking on thumbs habitually and breathing through the mouth a lot.

Now please do not misinterpret what we are trying to say. We do not want you to stop feeding your children with bottles, unless they are too old for it. However, as with many things, if they overdo it, issues can arise. As you try to help them avoid sucking on the bottle for too long and help them stop the habits of thumb sucking and mouth breathing, you can reduce their chances of developing an overbite.

Of course, having an overbite is not the end of life as we know it. We have methods of correcting overbites and other misalignments here at Smile at the World Orthodontics in Temple, Texas. Since we are not all the same, Dr. Joshua Knowles, our orthodontist, can adjust any treatment to fit your specific needs. If you would like to try our treatments out, please contact us at 254-773-8028.