Restorative orthodontics can help patients with a bad bite or malocclusion. A bad bite is where there is misalignment of the teeth and jaws.
Reasons for this may be genetic, but could also be because teeth are overcrowded, decayed or worn – or because teeth are missing, particularly at the back. The cause might even be poor dental work. The problem might be exacerbated by grinding the teeth, clenching, thumb sucking and lip or nail biting. Missing teeth can make the patient look older than their years, creating a ‘deep bite’.
This issue of a deep bite is not only aesthetic. It is more serious than mere looks because damage can be done to the teeth and gums, and a variety of medical disorders can be triggered, such as hearing difficulties, digestive problems, headaches and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).
There are several bite disorders:
- a deep overbite
- a closed bite
- a crossed bite
- an open bite
- teeth crowding
- teeth protrusion
The Deep Bite
This is when the upper front teeth overlap the bottom teeth. This is the most detrimental to the teeth and to the health of the joints of the jaw. It is the bite most likely to impact on facial aesthetics, and the lower teeth in extreme cases can actually bite into the roof of the mouth, just behind the top front teeth, resulting in loss of those front teeth.
Once corrected, not only will your teeth function properly, but you will find it easier to brush and floss – and then there’s the restoration of a beautiful smile!
Deep bite treatment
In extreme cases, orthognathic or corrective jaw surgery may be the best solution, but treatment is decided based on the extent of your deep bite, your facial profile and likely growth. The least invasive and longest lasting solution will always be your specialist’s priority.
You may be recommended conventional fixed braces, clear or invisible braces or aligners, or removable aligners. If your teeth are worn, this will require composite bonding to restore then to their full glory, or porcelain veneers or crowns. If missing teeth are to be replaced, then this may involve dental implants and/or bridgework, all to ensure a correct bit and help towards a healthier mouth and body.
If you have any concerns about the way in which your top teeth meet your bottom teeth, why not contact our friendly team at The Mall to arrange an initial consultation.