Many people have probably heard of a deep bite but don’t actually know what it means.  A deep bite is an exaggerated overbite in which the upper front teeth almost completely overlap the lower front teeth.  It is a malocclusion where the lower jaw is not properly aligned with the upper.  An ideal overlap is about 2 millimeters.  A deep bite can affect the shape of a person’s face, and thus affect their overall confidence.  Studies have shown that a deep bite can also affect the anatomy of the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) and that the compromised movement of the jawbone can cause various side effects including headaches and dizziness.  The best way to treat a deep bite is with treatment from an orthodontist, with braces as the common method to treat malocclusion.  Although the best time for treatment is while the patient is young, even adults can undergo orthodontic treatment with excellent results.