When your teeth or jaw do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary in order to improve the alignment and function of your bite. Braces or Invisalign® clear aligners not only straighten your teeth, but can also improve your bite.
Why fix my bite?
A poor bite can cause TMJ discomfort, social anxiety, speech difficulties, premature wear of the teeth and enamel, and increase the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints if left untreated.
Once treated, a properly aligned bite will greatly improve your health and increase your self-confidence to enjoy life more.
Ask yourself the following questions if you think you might have a bite problem:
- Is it difficult to bite down on certain food?
- Do my teeth meet properly?
- Do I have speech difficulty?
- Does your jaw hurt or pop?
If you answered yes to one of these questions and feel there are issues that indicate a bite problem, contact Orthodontic Associates for more information at 405-947-1526.
Common bite problems
If you or someone you know has any of the below problems, feel free to contact our office at either our Oklahoma City or Edmond offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your treatment options.
In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend too far over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
In an underbite, the lower front teeth are positioned in front of the upper front teeth.
Dental Midlines that do not match are sometimes evident when the back bite doesn't fit and match correctly. This may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum.
In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth wear and misaligned jaw growth.
High canines are a common problem when there is insufficient room for them to erupt.
Correcting spacing issues will not only improve aesthetics, but also allow the teeth to function in proper position.
The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by upper front teeth protrusion. This is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.
Proper chewing may be hindered by an openbite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbites may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking.