Why is it Important to Fix Your Bite

Why is it Important to Fix Your BiteWhen you think about orthodontic treatment, you may only think about straightening teeth. It’s true that we do make teeth straighter and more beautiful through a variety of treatments, but you may not realize the health benefits that orthodontics can provide as well.

“Crooked teeth” aren’t the only concern when it comes to orthodontics and your dental health. Your bite is just as important. Your bite refers to the way that your top teeth fit together with your bottom teeth when you mouth is closed. Keep reading to find out why a correct bite is so important.

Types of Misaligned Bites

There are a few problems that people may experience with their bite and the way that their teeth fit together. These are the most common:

  • Overbite – An overbite is when the top teeth jut out disproportionally over the bottom teeth.
  • Underbite – A underbite occurs when the bottom teeth sit further out than the top teeth.
  • Crossbite – Similarly to an overbite, a crossbite is when teeth fit inside of or directly on top of each other. It can affect a single tooth or a group of teeth causing them to tilt towards the cheeks or tongue rather than straight up and down.
  • Open bite – This happens when the top and bottom teeth don’t touch when the mouth is fully closed.

Complications from a Bad Bite

The most notable concerns for a bad bite is the ability to clean your teeth properly. It may be difficult to thoroughly clean misaligned teeth, which could lead to decay or cavities. Correcting your bite ensures that each tooth has enough room that you can properly reach all surfaces when you brush and floss.

Another significant concern when it comes to bite is the uneven wearing of teeth where the enamel is worn down. This can also lead to decay and other costly and painful dental issues. Bad bites may also lead to the following:

  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Facial appearance changes
  • Pain caused by chewing or biting down
  • Sudden changes to speech
  • The need to breathe through your mouth instead of your nose

How are Bad Bites Treated?

Good news! Although a bad bite may sound scary, they’re a common problem that is easy to treat. In fact, we literally do it every single day. Your orthodontist will consider your diagnosis to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your individual needs. But the treatments are most likely going to be something that you’re already familiar with like braces or other simple orthodontic appliances.

We Can Help

If you suspect that you or your child may have a bad bite, give us a call! A simple exam will be able to ease your concerns and, if needed, develop a plan of action. Orthodontic treatment helps ensure proper function of teeth and create healthy smiles. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. Teeth that are misaligned are harder to clean and can cause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel which can lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures. Our entire team is ready to help you get the healthiest smile possible!

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