Bite Corrections

At Victor Smiles, we specialize in correcting various bite issues to ensure your child's oral health and proper jaw alignment. Our comprehensive approach addresses underbites, overbites, and open bites, providing effective treatment solutions for each condition.


An underbite occurs when the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth, causing the lower jaw to protrude. This can lead to difficulties in chewing and speaking, as well as uneven wear on the teeth. Early intervention is crucial to correct underbites and prevent long-term dental issues.

graphic of an underbite


An overbite happens when the upper teeth significantly overlap the lower teeth. This condition can cause excessive wear on the lower teeth, jaw pain, and potential speech problems. Correcting an overbite is essential for achieving a balanced bite and maintaining overall oral health.

graphic of an overbite

Open Bites

An open bite is characterized by a gap between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed. This can make it difficult to bite into foods and may affect speech development. Early treatment of open bites can help align the teeth properly and improve oral function.

graphic of an open bite

Available Treatments

At Victor Smiles, we offer a range of orthodontic treatments to address bite issues, including traditional braces, clear aligners, and other specialized appliances. Our team will create a personalized treatment plan to ensure the best outcomes for your child's unique needs. Learn more about our orthodontic services and how we can help correct bite issues to promote a healthy, beautiful smile.

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  • What are the main causes of underbites?

    The causes of underbites can vary and may include:

    • Genetics. Did you know that underbites are most commonly inherited? Genetics help determine the shape and size of your teeth and jaw, meaning that overcrowded teeth or a misaligned jaw are likely inherited from other family members. If your underbite is due to genetics, prevention is not generally possible.
    • Injury. Serious facial injuries can cause lasting damage to the jaw. While it’s possible to surgically repair broken jaw bones, teeth may not always align post-surgery. This can potentially lead to an underbite.
    • Tumors. Although quite uncommon, tumors of the mouth or jawbone can cause an underbite by affecting the growth or alignment of the jaw.
  • Are deep bites and overbites the same?

    A deep bite, also known as an overbite or closed bite, is a dental condition in which the upper front teeth overlap the bottom front teeth when the back teeth are closed. A small lower jaw is the most common cause of a deep bite. This occurs when the lower jaw is shorter than the upper jaw, causing the upper teeth to be further forward. The lower teeth then continue to grow until they hit the back of the upper teeth (the cingulae) or the roof of the mouth. Moreover, the lower front teeth grow up under the upper front teeth and often get pushed together, resulting in crowding and alignment issues.

    Losing a lower tooth can also cause a deep bite, as it makes the lower jaw appear shorter than usual. Overly strong biting muscles are another cause of a deep bite, which is common in people who clench or grind their teeth.

  • Does an open bite get worse over time?

    Yes, absolutely. Any orthodontic problem, like an open bite, that is not fixed will get worse over time. It is very important to see an experienced orthodontist as soon as possible who can fix you or your child’s open bite. This will prevent further damage to the teeth and gums and pain or discomfort when you or your child chews, bites or swallows.

    Children with open bites will have the best and most long-lasting results if they get help as early as age 7.

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We specialize in providing first-class dental care to children of all ages. What’s more, we are parents too! Therefore, we understand the busy lives of families and have created an experience to make your dental visits simpler. Learn more about our services or request an appointment today.

Victor Smiles

7249 Route 96
Victor, NY 14564
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Monday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pediatrics)
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Orthodontics)
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Pediatrics)

Available By Phone: Monday-Thursday



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