By now you are likely aware that keeping your teeth and gums free from tooth decay and gum disease should top your list of oral health priorities when it comes to maintaining your healthy smile. But did you know that malocclusion is another common dental issue that often needs to be addressed? Your original occlusion is how your upper and lower teeth fit together when you bite down or chew.
A normal bite means the teeth meet evenly, but if your teeth and jaw alignment is off and you have a bad bite or malocclusion, your mismatched bite can create severe dental problems. Fortunately, orthodontics can solve your bite pattern issues. Our team is happy to assist you with your bite pattern problems. We start by examining your bite pattern to determine which treatment is the best solution for you and your smile.
Here is a list of common bite patterns:
Overbite: Overbites happen when the upper teeth stick out farther than your lower teeth.
Open bite: Open bites occur when the top and bottom teeth do not connect when you bite down.
Underbite: Underbites are when the lower front teeth stick out past the upper teeth in your jaw.
Crossbite: Crossbites happen when your lower jaw is longer than the size and length of your upper jaw.
Overcrowded teeth: This arises when there is not enough space for your teeth, which can cause them to crowd together.
Misplaced midline bite: Misplaced midline bites happen when the center of your upper front teeth doesn’t match with the center of your lower teeth.
If you have any of the above bite patterns, remember, the sooner you have it treated, the greater your chances of avoiding oral problems later in life. Timely orthodontic treatment for a malocclusion can effectively restore a proper bite pattern to help you avoid the following problems:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Crowded or shifting teeth
- Uneven wear and tear on your teeth
- Headaches, jaw pain, clicking, popping, and jaw deterioration
- Periodontal disease including gum recession and bone loss around teeth
- Problems with your speech, eating, or chewing abilities
- Reduced self-confidence from the appearance of your smile
So how can your occlusal problems be fixed? There are a variety of treatments, including replacing missing teeth with dental implants or bridges or fixing bad teeth with dental fillings or crowns. The jaw and jaw muscles can be stabilized with the help of bite splint therapy, and you can protect your teeth with the help of a dental mouth guard.
Orthodontics can correctly adjust and align the teeth, and that’s where we come in. We specialize in fixing malocclusions with the help of braces or another alignment method. To fix overcrowding, you may need to have one or more teeth extracted first. We might use a space maintainer to keep your teeth from shifting if one is missing or hasn’t yet come in. These problems can even be prevented from the start with an evaluation. After you complete your time in braces, you will simply wear a retainer (removable, permanent, or combination) until your teeth stabilize in their new position.
Do you have a unique bite pattern you need to correct? Do you have teeth that are too crowded, overlapped, or suffer from frequent headaches? If so, our orthodontic team is ready to help! We can help treat your misaligned bite pattern through the use of specialized orthodontic appliances. If you have questions about your teeth and alignment issues, please call us today to schedule your appointment or receive a consultation. We are ready to help you create your healthiest, aligned smile!