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Can a snoring mouthpiece treat an overbite

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Are your top teeth slightly more forward than your bottom? If so, you have an overbite.

Overbites typically happen as a result of one of two alignment issues. If you have a skeletal overbite, the position of your jaw is such that your upper jaw extends too far. If you have a dental overbite, your jaw is correctly positioned, but your teeth are misaligned. In some cases, your overbite is a result of issues in both areas. Regardless of what caused your overbite, an anti-snoring mouthpiece can not correct it.

If you have an overbite and snore

Snoring and having an overbite are not always mutually exclusive issues. If you have an excessive overbite, diagnosed by a dentist, where your upper incisors overlap your lower teeth by at least half their length, you may also snore. This type of overbite can also mean your jaw shifts so far back it pinches your airway and causes snoring. Other issues resulting from an excessive overbite include problems chewing, general discomfort, and even tooth loss.

Another common consequence associated with having an overbite is a narrower jaw. This also typically means you have a smaller airway, which is easier to obstruct, leading to snoring. Especially if your jaw is pinching the airway as well, this combination of factors can link overbites with snoring so that you think addressing snoring will fix the other. However, both issues should be looked at individually.

Snoring treatment

Managing your snoring is often most effectively accomplished by using a stop snoring mouthpiece. Mandibular adjustment devices (MADs) like ZQuiet focus on your jaw, the very thing often out of alignment due to your overbite. By fitting over both your top and bottom teeth, MADs gently shift your lower jaw forward to expand your airway and help keep it clear from obstruction while you sleep. This device, however, does not permanently realign your jaw. While a small shift may occur, you’ll still have an overbite after using the device if you had one beforehand.

Overbite correction

In order to correct an overbite, you’ll need to consult a dental professional. They may recommend one of a few options for repair such as braces or an orthodontic retainer. Each of these options can take time to prove effective and your snoring may continue during the correction process. Once your overbite is fixed though, you may stop snoring. Unless other factors such as weight or allergies are causing you to snore, you may successfully treat your snoring by correcting your overbite.

Even though an anti-snoring mouthpiece won’t address your overbite, it can address a common symptom and help you get a better night’s sleep while you consider your options for correction. A dental professional can best tell you whether your overbite requires treatment at all to ensure you have a healthy mouth, or whether to simply focus on stopping your snoring with a proper device.

Still, have more questions about stop snoring mouthpieces? Our thorough list of Frequently Asked Questions can help you find the information you need to make an informed choice on which stop-snoring mouthpiece is right for you.