If My Teeth Overlap, Will They Get Worse?

Overlapping teeth can take away your confidence and prevent you from wanting to smile big. They can also make it difficult for you to take great care of your teeth and reduce your risk for cavities. The good news is that you don’t have to live with overlapping teeth forever. As soon as you notice you have them, visit our office to determine the ideal treatment plan.

Since overlapping teeth often get worse, seeking immediate treatment is important. Before we discuss treatments for overlapping teeth, let’s talk about what causes them. Since they can be genetic, you may have them because your parents and/or grandparents have or had them. Missing teeth or crooked teeth can also cause overlapping teeth to arise. Failure to wear a retainer after braces is another common cause of overlapping teeth.

Now, let’s move on to the important part: how to fix overlapping teeth. Traditional metal braces can straighten your teeth and resolve the overlap. This involves tightening wires to straighten your teeth and correct alignment. In most cases, this treatment takes 12 months or longer. Invisalign is another option and often a good alternative to metal braces as it provides orthodontic treatment with clear, comfortable aligners that can slowly but surely straighten overlapping teeth.

If your overlap is mild, porcelain veneers may do the trick. They are custom-made shells of porcelain that are shaped like teeth and cover their surface to improve their shape, size, color, and alignment. In addition to improving appearance, fixing overlapping teeth can improve alignment, confidence, and oral health.

Schedule an Appointment at River Run Dental

If you would like to fix overlapping teeth before they get worse, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our spa-like Richmond, VA dental office. Call us at 804-262-1060 today. We look forward to hearing from you!