Orthodontics: Three Common Bite Issues Explained

Orthodontics: Three Common Bite Issues Explained

Orthodontics are designed to correct bite issues. Only a small number of people in the world have well-aligned teeth. Therefore, if you have a bad bite, you are not alone. Fortunately, regardless of the severity of the misalignment, orthodontic devices are available for those who want to have a straight smile. Continue reading to learn more about the three common bite problems.

Common bite issues

For a good bite, the upper teeth should align with the lower teeth slightly throughout the mouth's curve. If that alignment is not present, the patient probably has one of the three bite issues – overbite, underbite, or crossbite – all of which vary in terms of severity.

Overbite

In an overbite, the upper jaw can be seen protruding beyond the lower jaw, and when the protrusion extends beyond a certain position, it is called an overjet. In some cases, the overbite may be due to the teeth's alignment, and other times, it could be a problem with the jaw structure itself. Overbite is a prevalent form of malocclusion and may contribute to oral issues such as jaw pain, teeth damage, challenges with eating, lisps, and even tooth decay.

Braces, along with springs or bands that reposition the jaw, can correct a case of an overbite, with treatment spanning several months. Clear aligners like Invisalign® can also work for some overbite patients.

Underbite

An underbite is a dental malocclusion where the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth. A case of underbite can cause jaw pain and teeth deterioration, which can cause tooth decay. Although underbites are not as common as overbite, it is still somewhat prevalent. It is easier to correct underbite if detected early. The dentist can provide a palatal expander to the child to expand the upper jaw and improve its fit over the lower jaw. Another option might be the use of a reverse pull face mask.

Crossbite

This is more complex can overbite and underbite. It occurs when one side of the upper teeth is positioned inside the lower teeth when the mouth is closed. Crossbite can cause significant wear and tear on the teeth, resulting in bone loss, tooth decay, or gum disease. Genetic factors may cause crossbite, but poor oral habits like thumb-sucking can also play a part.

Crossbite is a serious orthodontic issue and requires intervention at an early age. Dentists often recommend orthodontics as early as age seven since prompt treatment makes the issue less complicated to resolve.

What to expect with treatment

The journey toward correcting dental misalignment starts with an initial examination that takes about an hour. the dentist will ascertain the bite's condition and recommend effective solutions to realign the teeth. This appointment takes about an hour. When the patient and the dentist have agreed on the treatment option, an appointment will be scheduled to get the orthodontic device fitted.

In conclusion

Anyone who has a bad bite can benefit from orthodontics. If you have any form of dental misalignment, you should contact the dentist to discuss your options.

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