Open Bite Correction with Braces & Invisalign
What is open bite?
Ideally, when you bite down, your lower and upper teeth will make contact, with a slight overlap of the upper teeth over the lower teeth. For many people though, this is not the case. Instead, many suffer from what is known as a malocclusion or a “bad bite.” One kind of bad bite is called an open bite, which occurs when your upper and lower teeth do not make contact in the front of your mouth, even when the jaw is completely shut. This is an abnormal bite condition that should be cared for by an orthodontist at Diamond Braces who has years of experience providing personalized solutions for dental conditions.
What causes an open bite?
An open bite can occur due to dental or skeletal problems. In these cases, a person is born with the open bite, which can worsen over time. In other cases, you might have developed an open bite over the course of your childhood or later in life due to certain habits.
The most common habits that can lead to open bite include:
- Sucking the thumb or lower lip
- Poor swallowing pattern (tongue thrusting or infantile swallow)
- Poor tongue posture (forward pushing against teeth)
What are the signs of an open bite?
If you suffer from an open bite, the most noticeable symptom is your teeth may not meet in the front of your mouth. In addition to this, there are some other problems that might result from an open bite, including the following:
- Inability to make contact with upper and lower teeth
- Problems chewing or swallowing
- Less pronounced chin
- Speech problems, including a lisp
- Improper teeth alignment
- Difficulty closing mouth
How is open bite diagnosed?
If you experience any of the above symptoms of an open bite, it is important to visit an orthodontist to determine the best options for open bite correction. At Diamond Braces, we can diagnose your open bite during a simple office visit. One of our experienced orthodontists will examine your mouth during a dental exam, which may include dental x-rays. We use these to look at your teeth below the gum line and to determine any structural abnormalities. After your visit, we can discuss your diagnosis and work together with you and your family to determine the best way to correct your open bite.
Can an open bite cause other problems?
An open bite may not only cause you discomfort, but it can also contribute to a number of other physical and emotional issues. This is why it is important to visit an experienced orthodontist at the first signs of an open bite so you can begin correcting the issue and avoid possible complications, including:
- Speech impediments
- Poor self-esteem
- Inability to chew or bite properly
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
- Poor sleep quality
What are some treatment options for open bite correction?
Depending on the extent of the open bite, the cause of the dental problem, and various other factors, your orthodontist may recommend a number of different orthodontic solutions. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the condition. At Diamond Braces, we provide a wide variety of orthodontic treatment options for correcting an open bite.
Some of the open bite treatment options we offer include:
- Invisalign for open bite
- Braces for open bite, including metal braces, ceramic braces, and Incognito lingual braces
- Retainers for open bite
If you are experiencing symptoms of an open bite, contact us at Diamond Braces today. We’ll work with you and your family to correct your open bite and get you back to smiling. Call 201.308.8181 to learn more or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment now.