Overjet? Braces? Is my upper jaw forward or my lower jaw back??

I am 26 yr old female and i have finally gathered the money to get my braces done. Over the years i have been told that my lower jaw is "pushed back" and it could cause problems when am older. The last orthodontist i went to, mentioned that i have an overjet but he is not sure if thats whether my lowerjaw is pushed back or because my upper jaw is forward so he told me to get my x-rays done. He gave me three options (he has not seen the X-rays yet): Option 1: Have a surgery but i cannot afford to do so. Option 2: Remove two teeth from my upper jaw which will help push the upper jaw back a bit so it will meet with my lower jaw. Option 3: Do not remove any teeth, teeth wil be straightened but there will be a small gab between my upper and lower jaw. Option 2 Scares me. I have heard my whole life that my lower jaw is pushed back(especially when i talk/smile) and the idea of forcing my upper jaw back aswell seems unsetteling. I like option 3 , however, is it really okay that my uper and lower teeth will have a gab between them? will that cause any problems in the future? p.s. I am getting Lingual braces.

Answer: Overjet and braces

By Sarah h

First you need to set your goals and expectations.  What do you like about your smile and what would you change.  If you just want your teeth straight, then overjet and molar relationship doesn't matter.  If you don't want to remove teeth, dont.  Your orthodontist is giving you options so you can decide what's important and what's not.  Having a small amount of overjet will not create problems for you in the future.  You need to be happy with your smile and confident that you have made the best choice to meet your treatment goals.  The best option is whatever you feel most comfortable with.  

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