Learn More About Bite Problems
Many people suffer from bite problems but are unsure how to address them. In addition, some are unaware that this condition can cause further oral health issues.
Not only can it be unsightly and uncomfortable, but the awkward positions of the teeth can put excessive pressure on your jaw and some areas in the mouth, which may deteriorate oral structures. At the same time, a disproportionate bite can affect your biting and chewing force and increase the risk of decay and gum problems.
Hills Family Dental Centre offers a variety of treatment options for bite problems, including clear aligners, tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, and smile makeovers. Our dental clinic is equipped with advanced dentistry and dental tools to perform these procedures and deliver results that may enhance your smile. The team of experienced dentists will work with you to craft a treatment plan for your individual needs.
Common Causes of
A number of habits or conditions can alter the structure and shape of the jaw, thus affecting the positions of the teeth that cause bite problems. Some of the most common contributing factors include but are not limited to the following
Repeated practices of thumb sucking and excessive pacifier use can all have effects on the proper development of teeth among children, which can affect bites later on. Meanwhile, frequent or mannerism of lip biting can push the upper teeth forward.
When a person breathes mostly through their mouth, the position of their teeth and jaw can be affected, causing an open bite. As a result, the teeth may not come together properly when the mouth is closed.
If a bad bite runs in the family, it increases the chance of developing the same problem in the next generations.
When wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause changes in overall bite structure.
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A smile makeover is a process of improving the overall appearance of the smile.
At our clinic, we offer clear aligners that are manufactured from the impression of the patient’s teeth.
If you have excessive teeth or they are crowding each other, removing one or more teeth may realign them, which may help improve the way your jaws close.
Wisdom tooth extraction involves removing an impacted tooth that is the root cause of crowding other teeth and misaligning the bite.
We can combine two or more cosmetic dental procedures by changing how your teeth fit together so you can have better alignment of the bite.
They are comfortable to wear and designed to encourage each tooth to move slowly in an ideal position, improving bite and teeth alignment.
The dentist will perform the procedure gently and inform you of the details of the process.
The process will vary depending on the position of the problematic tooth, but generally, the dentist may need to cut an incision along the gum line to gain access.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Bite Problems
Here are some indications that you have a bite problem:
- You may always experience bitten tongue due to accident bites because your teeth do not properly align.
- One of the signs that you may have a bite problem is discomfort in your jaw. You shouldn’t normally feel any strain in your jaw muscles when you close your mouth.
- You cannot properly brush or floss your teeth because of hidden surfaces or difficult-to-reach crevices of your mouth.
- You have trouble speaking clearly, although some people with bad bites don’t experience this indicator.
- Underbite. The lower teeth are extended out, which makes them sit in front of the upper teeth.
- Crossbite. The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. This incorrect bite often results in an asymmetrical facial and improper jaw position.
- Open Bite. The upper and lower front teeth do not align together; your bite looks literally open.
- Protruded upper teeth. Also known as overjet, it is when the upper teeth flare toward your lips. This type of bite problem can make it difficult to close the mouth.
- Crowding. The teeth are too close to each other.
- Misaligned dental midlines. The centre point of the upper dental arch and lower arch don’t line up.
A misaligned bite can often be associated with or result in many potential problems that may jeopardize oral health. Chewing difficulties, for instance, can affect the proper digestion of the food you eat, which impacts your overall health.
At the same time, bite problems always lead to poor oral hygiene, making you more vulnerable to developing decay, cavities, and gum problems. Hence, we recommend consulting a dentist to let them examine your case to create a treatment plan to realign your bite.
While it may seem impossible to prevent bite problems among adults, you may do the necessary actions and care to reduce the risk of developing this condition for your children:
- Watch your child’s oral habits and get professional advice on the proper use of pacifiers.
- Avoid using baby bottles as much as possible.
- Encourage them to stop nail-biting.
- Bring your kid to a dental checkup so the dentist can monitor the growth of their jaws and teeth.