Common Bite Problems
At Egger Orthodontics, our orthodontists specialize in correcting bite problems and giving you the ideal tooth alignment. We have a wide range of treatment options for issues such as misaligned jaws and tooth protrusions. Our orthodontists are trained to provide you the best possible expertise on your oral health and, though treatment can take up to a year or longer depending on the condition, we will be with you every step of the way to give you the highest quality care.
Overbite and Underbite
Overbite, underbite, crossbites, and open bites are all types of malocclusions or deviations from a normal alignment of your teeth. Of these, overbite and underbite are the easiest to visualize, though the treatment for them can be quite different. Overbite is when the upper teeth protrude too far beyond the lower teeth. By contrast, underbite is when the lower teeth stick out past the upper teeth. Both of these conditions are usually hereditary and are present at birth.
The treatment for overbite is easiest to fix while you are young because the jaw has not yet fully developed. However, even if as an adult, the recommended solution of braces is the same and fairly simple. Underbite requires other appliances to fix. An upper jaw expander can widen the upper jaw until the lower teeth no longer close on the outside of the upper teeth. Alternatively, alternatively, a reverse-pull face mask can retrieve the upper jaw back into the right position through the use of metal bands that fasten to the upper back teeth.
A crossbite is when your upper teeth fit inside of your lower teeth. This misalignment can result in lopsided jaw growth, teeth grinding, and cause your face to grow asymmetrically. This is fixed by our orthodontists through the use of appliances such as palatal expanders which can widen the upper palate until the teeth are in their proper position. If only minimal expansion is needed, these expanders can be removable and only worn at night for ease of use. It is also possible that our orthodontists will recommend the use of braces, either as a treatment by itself or after the palatal expansion, so that your teeth can permit you the best possible bite.
If there is an opening in your bite where your upper and lower front teeth do not come together when the mouth is closed, then you suffer from an open bite. This can be caused by an inherent jawbone problem or by personal habits such as frequently pushing your tongue through your teeth while speaking or swallowing. Chewing on hard objects or sucking your thumb as a child can also cause an open bite. This is among the hardest of abnormal bites to fix and can often require orthognathic surgery that will remove part of the upper jaw and realign the jaw bone so that the teeth fit properly in your mouth.
Though there are many different kinds of bite problems, we at Egger Orthodontics are fully prepared to help you confront and overcome them. Our orthodontists are skilled and patient, and we are ready to diagnose any dental problems you may have so that we can get you an ideal and painless treatment. If you suffer from any of these jaw problems or want to learn more, call us today at 425.270.1616.
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