How Do Braces Fix Deep Bites? (2023)

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By Dr. Tyler Coles – Premier Orthodontics

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Most people may know that braces CAN fix deep bites—but most have no idea HOW it all works…

In this article, we’re going to show you, in detail, how braces can fix a deep overbite. We’ll do it by discussing 3 specific ways that deep bites are corrected with braces. We will even show you before and after photos of actual patients who received deep bite correction. That way there’s no more mystery around braces and their function in fixing your bite and getting you to happier, healthier smile.

What Is A Deep Bite?

Before we start talking about how to fix deep bites, let’s first define what a deep bite is….

A deep bite (sometimes referred to as a deep overbite) refers to the top teeth excessively overlapping the bottom teeth. The picture below is a good example.

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You may be wondering what “excessively overlapping” means – well generally speaking an “ideal overbite” is when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth by 2 mm.

This image below is a good example of an ideal overbite:

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So anytime a bite overlaps by more than 2 mm, orthodontists consider that to be a deep bite or deep overbite.

You may be curious why orthodontists consider a deep bite such a problem – after all it may not seem that obvious to people that the teeth overlap…

The look of a deep bite is less concerning to us. The real problem is what damage a deep bite can do to your oral health long-term. Over time, if you have a deep bite, you will put excessive wear and tear on the front teeth. This can lead to damage, chipping, and the need for expensive restorative dental treatments.

Watch the animation below to see how deep bites can damage your teeth.

Now, a deep bite is a common bite that orthodontists fix all the time…

How we choose to fix the overbite, however, will depend on how severe the bite problem is.

There are many ways a deep bite or deep overbite can be fixed, but in this article we’ll discuss three of the most common methods we use at Premier Orthodontics when correcting deep bites for our patients.

Fixing Mild Deep Bites With Braces & Bite Pads

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The first type of overbite we’ll discuss is a mild deep bite. The patient shown in this picture is a good example of a mild deep bite – you can see that his top teeth overlap the bottom teeth a bit, but overall they look pretty good.

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You can imagine that if we were to put braces on his top and bottom teeth, he would have a tendency to bite on top of the lower braces due to his deep bite.

In order to correct this type of deep bite during the braces process, a combination of braces and bite pads would need to be used.

Bite pads (or sometimes called bite turbos) are small pads of dental composite that are placed on the teeth to prop the bite open and allow the safe and stable placement of braces.

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Oftentimes these bite pads will be blue in color to make it easier for removal once braces are completed. You can observe from the photo above that by placing bite pads the patient will no longer need to worry about biting on top of the lower braces. The back teeth are also separated by a small amount; over time, these teeth will gradually drift together.

By placing bite pads on the front teeth and allowing the back teeth to drift together, this is usually all that you need to correct a mild deep bite.

These bite pads will typically be placed at the same time as braces, and will be removed later on into treatment once the bite is corrected.

With the patient we showed earlier, you can see that braces with bite pads helped to align his teeth and correct the overlapping front teeth and fix the deep bite.

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(Video) Deep Bite Braces Treatment! [BEFORE & AFTER]

Fixing Moderate Deep Bites With Braces, Rubber Bands, and Bite Pads/Bite Turbos

The second type of deep bite we’re going to discuss is a moderate deep bite.

This patient shown in this picture is a good example of a moderate deep bite. You can observe that the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth by a large degree (much more than in our last example).

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For correcting moderate deep bites, we will use bite pads to separate the back teeth, similar to what was used in the mild deep bite correction. In this case, we will also use elastics to help pull the back teeth together.

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As you can observe in the photo above, the back teeth are not touching when the bite pad is in position. To help these back teeth come together quicker, we will ask the patient to attach a rubber band from the top teeth to the lower teeth in the back. This helps to pull these teeth down and correct the deep bite.

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Additionally, if a patient has a more severe deep bite, a “bite turbo” may be used in place of a “bite pad”. Bite turbos are similar to bite pads, but are instead attached to the front teeth.

An example of bite turbos can be viewed in the animation below (please note, the bite turbos used at our office are generally made out of clear dental composite rather than metal as depicted in the animation. We find that the clear dental composite is less noticeable.)

Like bite pads, bite turbos can be used in combination with rubber bands to help correct more moderate or severe deep bites.

In the patient example we showed earlier, he was treated with bite pads, elastics, and braces. This treatment led to a great improvement of his deep bite.

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(Video) Can Braces Fix Deep Bites?!

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Fixing Severe Deep Bites With Braces, Bite Turbos, and Forsus Springs

The third type of deep bite that we will discuss is a severe deep bite.

The patient below is a good example:

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As you can see from the photos, the top teeth overlap the lower teeth entirely. The top teeth are actually biting on the lower gums, and the lower teeth are biting into the roof of the palate.

Aesthetically this doesn’t look good, but functionally this can cause severe damage to the gum and palatal tissue, as well as damage to the teeth after enough time.

To correct severe deep bites, we usually begin with braces, bite pads or bite turbos, and rubber bands (similar to the moderate deep bite correction). This protocol will get us far in the process of deep bite correction.

But if after this treatment, it’s determined we need more bite correction, we may add a Forsus Spring appliance to help correct the deep bite.

You can see in this animation below exactly how the appliance works.

Forsus springs help to correct deep bites by pushing the lower teeth forward and down, and pushing the top teeth back and up, thereby correcting the deep bite.

The patient shown before was treated with braces, bite pads, and forsus springs, and you can see the amount of deep bite correction that was achieved because of the treatment.

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(Video) Deep Bite Posterior Turbos

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Check out our video below to learn more about how braces helped fix this patient’s deep bite.

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If you think you or your child may need braces to correct a deep bite, the best place to start is by getting a free consultation with an orthodontist in your area.

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FAQs

How does braces correct deep bite? ›

How does an orthodontist correct a deep bite? First, either the upper and lower front teeth, or both, can be moved up into the supporting bone. Or second, the side and back teeth can be elongated which opens the bite and creates that same effect as intruding the front ones.

Can a deep bite be fixed with braces? ›

Thankfully, a deep bite can be corrected with several effective orthodontic treatment options using various types of braces.

How long does it take to correct a deep bite with braces? ›

While every individual is different in terms of the severity of their deep bite, Orthodontic treatment will usually be required for 1-3 years.

Does a deep bite need to be fixed? ›

You should seek treatment for a deep bite because it can cause larger issues to your oral health like sores on the roof of your mouth and worn-down teeth. There are a variety of treatments available to correct a deep bite.

Can overbite come back after braces? ›

Yes, your overbite can return even after wearing braces or aligners," Oleg Drut, DDS, an orthodontist and founder of Diamond Braces, tells WebMD Connect to Care.

How do you fix a deep bite naturally? ›

Here are some steps to try at home:
  1. Close your mouth normally, with your teeth resting gently together. Do not force them or grind them, as this can hurt and produce exaggerated results.
  2. Look in the mirror and smile. ...
  3. If the overlap is noticeable and more than 3.5 millimeters, you have an overbite.
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How do dentists fix a deep bite? ›

An orthodontist often corrects deep bites using several methods, including:
  • Moving up either the lower or upper front teeth or both into their supportive bones.
  • Elongating the back and side teeth to open the bite. ...
  • Make room for the correction of the front teeth by moving the molar teeth backward.

What happens if you don't fix deep bite? ›

Gum Recession and Periodontal Disease – When a patient with a deep bite bruxes, or grinds, their teeth, it can cause the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. This allows food and bacteria to seep in, which can create a chronic gum infection. This, in turn, can cause bone loss resulting in tooth loss.

Does fixing an overbite change your face? ›

Does Fixing An Overbite Change Face Shape? Yes, fixing an overbite can change the shape of your face. Overbites make your face look asymmetric. Furthermore, they can cause discomfort, and they may also affect speech and make wearing dentures difficult.

What is the perfect teeth bite? ›

In an ideal bite, the edges of your top teeth should follow the curve of your bottom lip. When your teeth are clenched together, about 90% of your bottom teeth should be visible. A 'deep bite' occurs when your upper teeth cover too much of your bottom teeth, which can lead to tooth wear and damage.

How long do braces stay on for overbite? ›

Since every person's condition is unique, there is no hard and fast rule for how long braces treatment will be for an overbite. Usually, treatment can last anywhere between six months and two years. Severe overbite cases often require more time as they are commonly combined with other dental problems like overcrowding.

How does deep bite affect face? ›

This orthodontic concern is sometimes referred to as a closed bite or overbite. In some cases, a deep bite can affect a person's ability to speak, breathe, and chew properly. It can also change the shape of a person's face, causing it to appear rounder, shorter, or older in appearance.

Do you need jaw surgery for deep bite? ›

Slight overbite correction can be accomplished with braces or clear dental aligners, but in moderate or severe cases, “jaw repositioning surgery (aka orthognathic surgery) is the only way to achieve a normal occlusion [or] bite,” says Tomsic.

Why do orthodontist put top braces on first? ›

Some orthodontists will put braces on just the top teeth before concentrating on your bottom teeth. When that happens, the orthodontist carefully assesses your bite and the relationship between your top and bottom teeth, since changing just one set of teeth can affect your bite.

How can I fix a deep bite without braces? ›

For some, invisible aligners are an option for correcting an overbite without braces. Invisible aligners can correct dental issues in a way that is both effective and visually appealing.

Do lips get thinner after braces? ›

Lips will not become thinner, but they may appear thinner as the braces are removed. According to the type of braces your orthodontist used, the changes may or may not be pronounced. So, don't worry about getting any direct effects on the size of your lips.

Do lips get bigger after braces? ›

If you're wearing traditional braces with a bracket and wire system, you may notice that your lips appear to be larger. Your teeth and lips' increased width are to blame for this. Lips don't get bigger, but they can't rest as much against your teeth as they normally would until your braces are taken off.

What next after braces are removed? ›

After having braces removed, most people will be required to wear a retainer for some time afterwards to hold their teeth in the new positions. Your dentist may recommend wearing a retainer for a few years – or even indefinitely – but each patient's case is different.

Is a deep bite the same as an overbite? ›

An excessive overbite is called a deep bite. In extreme instances, the top front teeth overlap the bottom teeth entirely, causing the patient's bottom teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. The opposite can occur as well. When a patient has a lack of an overbite, it's referred to as an open bite.

Do overbites get worse with age? ›

Do overbites get worse with age? The space between the upper and lower front teeth can increase over time, worsening the overbite. In addition to this, the long-term effects of a deep overbite will cause more problems over time, meaning additional restorative treatment may be required.

Can I fix my overbite myself? ›

This may be due to the fact they don't see a problem, but the most common reason is the price. This leads people to try to fix their overbite by themselves, which is not recommended. You can attempt to make DIY braces, but it will most likely break apart or quickly become inefficient.

How long does it take to fix a deep bite with Invisalign? ›

How long does it take to fix a deep bite with Invisalign? The treatment time will depend on the severity of the deep bite. That said, Invisalign treatment may take between 6 to 36 months to fully correct.

Is a deep bite the same as an overbite? ›

An excessive overbite is called a deep bite. In extreme instances, the top front teeth overlap the bottom teeth entirely, causing the patient's bottom teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. The opposite can occur as well. When a patient has a lack of an overbite, it's referred to as an open bite.

How long does deep bite treatment take? ›

A deep bite, a common malocclusion seen in children and adults, is tough to treat. A successful bite correction treatment usually takes around 1.5 to 2 years. However, the treatment time for deep bite correction varies depending upon the type, severity, and nature of the deep bite.

Can braces fix edge to edge bite? ›

Crowding can also cause molars to come in unevenly, leaving some higher than others and creating a disproportionate amount of pressure on only a few teeth. Orthodontic treatment can fix this problem by minimizing crowding and guiding each tooth to line up neatly for a clean bite.

How does deep bite affect face? ›

This orthodontic concern is sometimes referred to as a closed bite or overbite. In some cases, a deep bite can affect a person's ability to speak, breathe, and chew properly. It can also change the shape of a person's face, causing it to appear rounder, shorter, or older in appearance.

Which is faster Invisalign or braces? ›

Invisalign can straighten your teeth quicker than traditional braces. Most patients are finished with treatment in just one to two years while traditional braces can take up to three years to yield significant results.

Which is better for overbite braces or Invisalign? ›

Invisalign is only effective for people with mild bite problems. In recent years, the treatment has been equipped with rubber band capabilities, which has made it more capable of correcting overbites. However, braces are still the most effective option for intense work.

What happens if you don't fix deep bite? ›

Gum Recession and Periodontal Disease – When a patient with a deep bite bruxes, or grinds, their teeth, it can cause the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. This allows food and bacteria to seep in, which can create a chronic gum infection. This, in turn, can cause bone loss resulting in tooth loss.

What is the perfect teeth bite? ›

In an ideal bite, the edges of your top teeth should follow the curve of your bottom lip. When your teeth are clenched together, about 90% of your bottom teeth should be visible. A 'deep bite' occurs when your upper teeth cover too much of your bottom teeth, which can lead to tooth wear and damage.

How does dentist correct bite? ›

Bite correction treatments for dental overbites and underbites
  1. Braces. Braces are used to correct overbites in both adults and children. ...
  2. Tooth removal. ...
  3. Replacement of the rear teeth. ...
  4. Veneers. ...
  5. Headgear braces. ...
  6. Upper jaw expanders. ...
  7. Jaw surgery.
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Does fixing overbite change face shape? ›

Does Fixing An Overbite Change Face Shape? Yes, fixing an overbite can change the shape of your face. Overbites make your face look asymmetric. Furthermore, they can cause discomfort, and they may also affect speech and make wearing dentures difficult.

Why do orthodontist put top braces on first? ›

Some orthodontists will put braces on just the top teeth before concentrating on your bottom teeth. When that happens, the orthodontist carefully assesses your bite and the relationship between your top and bottom teeth, since changing just one set of teeth can affect your bite.

Do braces change your face shape? ›

No. They do not. Even though braces can adjust the width of your upper jaw, they don't extend into the structures that affect the shape and size of your nose.

How can I fix a deep bite without braces? ›

For some, invisible aligners are an option for correcting an overbite without braces. Invisible aligners can correct dental issues in a way that is both effective and visually appealing.

What is a deep overbite? ›

What is Deep Bite? Out of all the bite disorders, a deep overbite – when the upper front teeth almost completely overlap the lower front teeth – is the most detrimental to the teeth and health of the jaw joints. It also has an impact on facial aesthetics.

How do orthodontists fix Overbites? ›

Traditional braces are the most commonly used treatment for this condition. Minor or moderate overbites may be corrected with an aligner, such as the Invisalign braces. Very severe gaps between the upper and lower teeth that are caused by misalignment of the jaw bones may require surgery, as well as braces.

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