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Bad Bites Are More Than a Cosmetic Problem

Your overbite or underbite is a bigger problem than you think it is

To fully grasp how serious the problem is, you need to understand what your bite is and what it does.

Your bite is how your top and bottom teeth come together. When they don’t fit properly, you have a malocclusion or a bad bite. There are many different kinds, including:

  • Overbites – when your top front teeth extend past your bottom front teeth
  • Crossbites – when your upper teeth are sitting inside your lower teeth instead of outside
  • Overjet – when your upper front teeth protrude
  • Open bite – when your top and bottom teeth don’t touch each other when your mouth is closed

Bad bites make it hard to chew foods and can contribute to muscle tension, pain, and excessive wear on your teeth.

We treated a patient whose teeth did not fit properly in their mouth. This, coupled with their teeth grinding, wore their teeth down almost 50%. Our patient’s jaw was constantly sore, they made tons of noise while they ate, and their ears were constantly ringing. Those were just a few of the side effects of a bad bite. Other patients may experience pain while eating and extreme sensitivity to hot and cold.

The best way to correct a bad bite

In order to restore your teeth to their correct bite, your dentist will likely suggest placing a crown on each of your teeth. Before they do this, they have to find your correct bite to ensure the crowns will have long-lasting results. If your dentist attempts to place crowns before finding your correct bite, the same wear and tear will happen, leading your new teeth to become damaged.

There is a process called Neuromuscular Dentistry that involves copying your good “new bite” using a plastic material to make sure that it is correct. If the bite is still wrong, the plastic is taken off and everything is back to the way it was before. This step is critical and reversible.

Once your dentist identifies your proper bite, they will move onto the final stage: crowning your teeth. In our office, we use restorative materials like porcelain that allow you to chew food normally without pain or sensitivity and leave with a smile you’re proud to show off!

It’s time to stop living in pain and start taking control of your oral health. Reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens today to get started.

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