Can this overbite be fixed, do you think?


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Hi. I am a 17 year old male. Since the age of around 8 or so, I've had an overbite. However, it's never had any significant effect on my appearance, however that changed when I was around 13. Since then, it's gotten worse and it makes my chin look significantly smaller due to the mouth protruding and vice versa. When I chew, it's rather difficult and I cannot chew without my lower jaw retracting. I'd also like to note that I've never had any problems with my mouth protruding/chin appearing small, however again, that changed when I was about 15.

in addition, my old dentist was aware, and she gave me a retainer to wear when I was 12 years old. Stupidly, I only wore them for a month because I hated wearing it, and I guess this is the result, unfortunately. I also was a huge mouth breather when I was younger and constantly bit the collars of all of my shirts throughout the day up until age 10 or 11, so that may of had a toll too. Also, last year I was diagnosed with minor sleep apnea, which I know has some relevance, or I'd assume.

FORGOT TO ADD: I have a lot of trouble closing my mouth completely a lot of the time.

For the most part though, my teeth are OK and straight. However, beside the overbite (it isn't THAT severe, but yes it's not good either), my front bottom teeth are also small and there is really no space between them, which might be another thing too. I've had dentists tell me during cleanings that it's hard for them to clean between the gaps of my lower bottom teeth because of how narrow/non-existent the spaces are.

Anyway, I'd really like some insight as to what can be done here, as it's annoying when I eat (that's primarily why I want this fixed), and it also has a negative impact on my appearance. Then again, I am not quite sure if getting this overbite fixed would somehow make my mouth to not protrude as much (causing my chin to not appear as weak as it is now). I'm not expecting to have zero mouth protrusion or my chin to look like Brad Pitt's, but I at least want it to be a little different from what it is now.

I've been told by a dentist online that braces and rubberbands can do the trick, however I'm not 100%. In any event, I'll be providing two pictures so you can make a quick judgement:

Frontal: http://i.imgur.com/AQDKYkr.jpg
Complete profile: http://i.imgur.com/TQ3w1Le.jpg

Note that I have a relatively strong/large jaw, so I don't know what good lower jaw advancement surgery would do. Also you cant see in the pictures (or maybe you can judging by the full profile), but I have a very long face, so the protruding mouth which makes the chin look weird makes the entirety of my face rather asymmetrical. My goal is not to look like a model here, by the way. I just would hate the protrusion.
 
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I agree with DanyRoden, you may need to consult an orthodontist since they are the expert in this field. In your case you really need to undergo orthodontic procedures. Before most braces are for teenagers who needs to fix poorly aligned teeth or jaw structure. Now, more adults are getting orthodontic procedures done not only to fix problems with alignment and bite, but also to make the mouth look more aesthetically pleasing. Orthodontics can positively affect a person at any age, and can prevent further complications or damage caused by incorrectly growing teeth, jaw structure as well as conditions caused by illness or accidents. Good luck to you hope this can help.
 
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Hi.

I think your best course of action is to consult your dentist and an orthodontist. The orthodontist will know if braces can fix this or not. I've heard that braces can make an overbite worse, but that may vary on a case by case basis.

You also mentioned some crowding and small spaces between teeth. At your age, the doctor may choose to take a watch and wait approach. Pretty soon your wisdom teeth will come in and if they do this can make the crowding worse. If that happens they may extract the wisdom teeth and any others they think are causing crowding. If necessary they'd likely then put braces on you to close any gaps.

In the long run, only a professional can tell you this. Make an appointment so you can get some better answers.

Good luck.

JJ
 

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