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Common Bite Problems and Solutions


Bite problems, referred to as a "bad bite," are common dental issues seen in adults and kids alike. Known by the technical term "malocclusion," a bad bite can lead to problems with chewing, cause pain and be less aesthetically pleasing than you might like. The good news is that a bad bite is completely reversible through orthodontic treatment from a qualified professional.

Genetics, congenital abnormalities of the jaw and lifestyle habits such as thumb sucking can cause bite problems. Common bite problems can include:

  • Overcrowding – teeth do not have enough space, causing overlapping
  • Overbite – the upper jaw and teeth protrude over the lower jaw
  • Underbite – the lower jaw and teeth extend over the upper jaw
  • Crossbite – the upper teeth in the back of the mouth sit inside the lower back teeth instead of meeting straight on
  • Open bite – the front teeth to not meet each other, creating a space at the front of the mouth

Bite problems can pose a health threat in some cases if not treated. Overcrowding in the mouth, for example, can make brushing and flossing more difficult, thus encouraging tooth decay. An overbite can lead to premature wearing of the teeth; an open bite can interfere with chewing.

Then there are aesthetics to think about when considering treatment for a bad bite. Bite problems, even if they do not compromise function and health, can make patients self-conscious. Smile and Skin Aesthetics provides orthodontic services and Invisalign® aligners to treat both the medical and cosmetic issues associated with having a bad bite.

Braces slowly readjust the positioning of the teeth to close gaps, even out the upper and lower jaws and gently realign crooked teeth. If wearing a full metal smile does not appeal to you, Invisalign®, a series of clear, removable aligners may be more to your taste. Both types of orthodontic treatment are proven effective for correcting a bad bite and are administered and overseen by our board-certified dental professionals.

Smile and Skin Aesthetics believes that preventive care, education and comfort during treatment are important factors to always keep in mind. We strive to make our offices a stress-free environment for our patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our wide range of services.


By By Smile and Skin • November 27, 2012


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