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An overbite or malocclusion can sometimes develop with your child’s permanent teeth. These alignment issues might be attributed to genetics, as well as environmental factors such as the loss of multiple primary teeth in the front of the mouth.

This orthodontic complication can leave your son or daughter with an unattractive smile as well as impaired oral function. If it’s not addressed in a reasonable amount of time the overbite could leave them increasingly prone to dental fractures and chronic dental problems.

Many cases of malocclusion can be addressed by having braces installed by an orthodontist like Dr. Rebecca Payne deVerges. This treatment plan calls for her to install small metal brackets, wires, and other orthodontic hardware elements.

If they are uncomfortable with the metallic appearance of traditional braces, she might be able to apply a porcelain glaze to your child’s braces.   

You will need to bring your son or daughter back to Northshore Orthodontics every four to six weeks to have their braces tightened and adjusted. Each of these appointments will gradually bring their teeth closer to their correct alignment.

At that point, Dr. Rebecca Payne deVerges can remove the braces from their mouth. They will need to use a retainer to help ensure your teeth remain in the new position. This phase typically lasts the same amount of time it took to correct the initial alignment problem.  

If you live in the Mandeville, Louisiana area and your son or daughter has an overbite, you should call 985-626-0160 to set up a braces consultation at Northshore Orthodontics.