How Your Overbite Can Cause Snoring Problems
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How Your Overbite Can Cause Snoring Problems

Woman in bed frustrated with man snoringIf you suffer from chronic snoring issues, it may surprise you to learn that these problems can be caused by dental issues. An overbite has been known to cause snoring, which can disrupt your sleep or that of anyone who sleeps close to you. Luckily, Lockett Orthodontics is able to help you alleviate your snoring problem.

What is an Overbite?

An overbite is a term for when the upper jaw extends too far over the lower jaw. Overbites are one of the main reasons why people receive orthodontic treatment, especially for younger patients. Braces help to bring the teeth and jaws back into position, eliminating the overbite altogether. There are two types of overbites, which are:

  • Dental Overbite – This type of overbite is when the jaws are in the proper location, but the teeth are misaligned and protrude too far forward in the mouth.
  • Skeletal Overbite – This type of overbite occurs because the position of the upper jaw is built too far forward.

In some cases, an overbite can include both dental and skeletal causes.

How Overbites Cause Snoring

Severe overbites, also called malocclusions, are when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by at least 2.5 millimeters. Once this happens, you are more prone to snoring. In some severe cases of overbites, you may also be more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which can be life-threatening. This is because the lower jaw is set too far back in an overbite. If the lower jaw is relaxed (for example, by sleeping on your back), the airway can be pinched shut, causing an obstruction. This is what causes sleep apnea and snoring.

The best option for fixing an overbite is through orthodontic treatment. A night guard will help manage the symptoms in the meantime, but braces are the only thing that will get rid of the problem altogether. If you suffer from sleep apnea or snoring and believe you would benefit from an orthodontic evaluation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, please contact Lockett Orthodontics today.

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