Are you experiencing bite issues? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Over half of orthodontic patients go through the same thing. The Lively & Napoli Orthodontics team has the expertise you need to solve them promptly and efficiently. We are here to share what bite issues are, the complications they cause, and how to fix your bite with orthodontics.
What are Bite Issues?
Commonly referred to as malocclusion by orthodontists, bite issues are irregularities or misalignments in your jaw, referring to how your upper and lower teeth fit together when you close your mouth. They are caused by various circumstances, including genetics, general development, facial injury, and habits such as prolonged thumb-sucking.
Common Bite Issues Vary In Severity
An overbite, also called a deep bite, is when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth, potentially triggering jaw pain. An underbite is the opposite; the lower front teeth jut past your upper front teeth, causing an imbalance.
Next, a crossbite refers to when a few upper front teeth are tucked inside of your lower teeth, which can result in uneven wear and tear. Lastly, we have protruding, also called overjet, teeth in which your upper front teeth push too far out of your mouth, leaving you susceptible to injury.
Complications Caused By A Poor Bite
As mentioned above, there are many issues to be wary of that can arise from misaligned bites, resulting in daily discomfort.
When your teeth are misaligned, your jaw muscles may be strained during everyday movements, even from simply talking. It can also lead to TMJ disorders in which the jaw joint dislocates and prevents you from opening and closing your mouth properly.
Uncomfortable Chewing and Biting
Teeth that cannot chew food well can make mealtime something to dread. If your food is ingested in large chunks, your stomach needs to work much harder to break it down, causing stomach issues and decreased nutrition.
Excessive Everyday Wear and Tear
If too much pressure is placed on specific teeth, it leaves you more susceptible to tooth damage, such as worn-down enamel, increasing your risk of tooth sensitivity and potentially needing more complicated procedures down the road.
The placement of your teeth affects your diction and how you speak, making it challenging to pronounce certain words. This can weigh on your confidence in both professional and personal environments.
Fixing Your Bite With Orthodontics
By conducting an examination and taking an x-ray, Dr.Lively and Dr. Napoli can diagnose exactly which bite issue you have. From there, we will work with you to determine which treatment plan best suits your case to realign your teeth in the correct positioning. Each bite issue varies in complication, making treatment a different experience for everyone. But thanks to advancing orthodontic appliances, we are able to fix your bite more efficiently than ever.
Invisalign is an attractive option for those seeking undetectable treatment. With its clear design, our team is able to fix your bite using a series of customized plastic trays changed out every two weeks as your teeth shift to the tray.
Using 3D models of your teeth to predict how your teeth will shift with aligners, we can fine-tune your treatment so your teeth look fantastic by your final appointment.
A long traditional option, modern metal braces are known for their ability to fix even the most complex dental issues. Their advanced technology allows for efficient movement, fewer visits in the treatment chair, and an overall more comfortable experience.
Consisting of wires, brackets, and bands, our team will place slight pressure on your teeth to slowly guide them in the desired position. You can rely on this popular orthodontic treatment to fix your bite and deliver your desired results.
A hybrid option between Invisalign and metal braces, clear braces offer a nearly invisible look combined with high-quality care. Using tooth-colored brackets made of ceramic, these braces shift your teeth with gentle pressure and wires.
They are even stain-resistant, so there is no need to avoid dark foods or drinks like coffee and chocolate. Older teens and adults tend toward clear braces as they are able to blend in with your smile, so you can wear them with no change to your confidence!
Enjoy Benefits Beyond Aesthetics
Restore Your Confidence
Once your bite issues are resolved, your self-esteem will be reinvigorated! Gone will be the days of trying to hide your smile or avoid it altogether.
Allow For Easier Chewing and Biting
When your teeth are able to properly chew your food into small pieces, you can expect smoother digestion and fewer stomach issues after eating. With less work for your stomach to do during this time, it speeds up the process and even increases your metabolism.
Biting will also become a much more comfortable experience and may encourage you to try new foods you avoided before!
Prevent Unnecessary Wear and Tear
With the proper pressure distributed in the right places inside your mouth, you save yourself from tooth fractures and enamel erosion, even avoiding complicated procedures later in life. Instead, your teeth can keep their strength and functionality for years to come!
Improved Oral Hygiene
Repairing hard-to-reach areas of your teeth by fixing your bite will make your oral care routines, including daily brushing and flossing, noticeably simpler. Food and plaque will have fewer places to hide, thus protecting yourself from gum disease and similar complications.
Realign Your Bite With Lively & Napoli Orthodontics
Everyone is vulnerable to bite issues, and the earlier you address them, the more straightforward procedures you will be able to go through to solve them. You can rely on Lively & Napoli Orthodontics to work with you on fixing these complications and keeping you in the loop each step of the way. Contact our office in Stuart to book a consultation today and take the first step towards a straighter smile!