If 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.
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:
In some cases, an overbite can include both dental and skeletal causes.
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.
We offer orthodontics services for all ages, young and old - it’s never too late to correct your teeth and obtain the beautiful and healthy smile you’ve always wanted!
Our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist and staff are excited to get to know you and help you achieve your perfect smile!
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Colorado Springs, CO 80920