Common Bite Problems
A bite refers to the way your upper row of teeth meets the lower row of teeth inside the mouth. If we lived in a perfect world, everyone's bite would meet seamlessly without any need for dental intervention. But sadly, this isn't the case for most people, and "bad bites" come in different types. A malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower teeth don't come together properly, and in cases like these, orthodontic treatment is needed.
What Can Cause Bite Problems?
Bites can take shape in many forms, but bad bite can be the result of different environmental or genetic factors.
Myofunctional habits that can result in malocclusions include habits like bottle feeding, thumb sucking, mouth breathing, and tongue thrusting. Genetics, facial development, and injury are also possible causes of bad bite.
An overbite is referred to when the upper front teeth cover a part of the lower front teeth causing the front teeth to wear down. This common bite problem affects the bottom incisors, and it can damage the gum tissue as well. The severity of the overbite will determine the type of treatment needed to fix it. Dentists recommend braces and invisible aligners to fix the issue.
This is sometimes referred to as an anterior crossbite. This bite problem causes the lower jaw to sit out in front of the upper jaw. If this problem is not treated properly, the bad bite can result in jaw problems, put stress on the joints, and cause TMJ disorders. If the severity of the underbite is extreme, then the person may have to go through a surgical procedure to reshape the lower jaw.
A crossbite is referred to when the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth caused by misalignment of teeth and bones. This type of bad bite can cause issues with biting and chewing food, and if not treated properly, the condition can worsen over time. If you notice the problem of crossbite in your child, it is advised to take them to the orthodontist by the time they reach seven years of age.
There are two types of openbites: anterior and posterior, and these can cause problems related to swallowing and speech. An anterior open bite happens when the upper and lower teeth don't meet when the back teeth are closed together. A posterior open bite refers to when the upper and lower front teeth meet, but the ones at the back don't. Similar to crossbite, the issue of open bite should be dealt with at an early age.
In a situation where there isn't enough space in your mouth for all your teeth to grow, the end result comes out to be crowding of teeth. Crowding is one of the most common bite problems, and it can be fixed by installing braces. Crowding makes it harder to clean your teeth and may result in gum diseases and cavities.
Bad bites are common dental defects that can be treated once you visit your orthodontist. For consultation and inquiry related to common bite problems, call Robinson Orthodontics today at (541) 441-8288 and schedule your appointment.
Dr. Jon Robinson
124 NE Evelyn Avenue
Grants Pass, OR 97526-1427
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