Bite Correction

Dental malocclusions, including overbites, underbites, and open bites can be effectively addressed through orthodontic treatments at DeFuniak Springs Family Dental in DeFuniak Springs, FL.

Overbite Correction

Overbites are common among both children and adults, often resulting from differences in the size or shape of the jaw or teeth. This misalignment may lead to either overcrowding or excessive spacing in the jaw area, allowing the teeth to become misaligned. Without intervention, this can cause the teeth to overlap and grow in a crooked manner, leading to additional complications.

An overbite is a type of malocclusion characterized by improper or uneven contact between the upper and lower teeth. Proper alignment of these teeth simplifies the processes of chewing and biting. However, misalignment can cause a series of issues, including damaged enamel, chipped or broken teeth, and jaw discomfort, among other problems. If you suspect that your child has an overbite, we encourage you to contact our office immediately to arrange a consultation.

Open Bite Correction

Open bites are often due to abnormal jaw growth or habits like thumb sucking. This condition is characterized by a noticeable gap between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are closed, preventing proper contact. Left uncorrected, an open bite can lead to difficulties in biting and chewing, speech impediments, and may even cause excessive wear on the remaining teeth that do make contact.

An open bite is another form of malocclusion that disrupts the normal functionality of the teeth. Misalignment not only complicates basic functions but can also result in further dental wear, discomfort, and aesthetic concerns. If you suspect an open bite in yourself or your child, please reach out to our office to schedule an evaluation.

Underbite Correction

Underbite correction is a crucial treatment for those experiencing malocclusion where the lower teeth and jaw protrude in front of the upper teeth. This dental issue can interfere with proper chewing and speech and may also lead to a range of dental health problems, including increased tooth wear, jaw pain, and higher susceptibility to gum disease. Typically, the correction of an underbite involves orthodontic approaches such as braces to realign the teeth and, in more severe cases, surgical intervention to adjust the jawbone.

Early intervention is often recommended, especially in children, as the jaw is more adaptable to orthodontic treatments. For adults, treatment may involve more complex procedures but can significantly improve oral function and aesthetic appearance. Correcting an underbite not only enhances the ability to eat and speak properly but also contributes to a balanced facial profile and boosts self-esteem.

  • What is malocclusion?

    Malocclusion refers to any misalignment of the teeth or incorrect relationship between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close. This term encompasses a variety of conditions, such as underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites. Essentially, it’s when the teeth don’t fit together properly, which can affect biting, chewing, and even speaking.

    The causes of malocclusion can be genetic, meaning it can be inherited from one’s parents. It may also develop due to certain habits or conditions such as thumb sucking, prolonged use of a pacifier, poor dental care that leads to improperly fitted crowns or braces, or trauma to the jaw. Malocclusion is often categorized into different classes to describe the severity and type of alignment issues, which helps dental professionals determine the best course of treatment. Treatment can range from braces and other orthodontic appliances to reconstructive surgery, depending on the severity of the case.

  • Are deep bites and overbites the same?

    Deep bites and overbites both involve vertical misalignment of teeth, but they differ in severity and alignment specifics. An overbite is when the upper teeth vertically overlap the lower ones, common and ranging from mild to severe. A deep bite is a more extreme overbite, with upper teeth significantly overlapping the lower teeth, sometimes even biting into the mouth’s roof. This can lead to complications like tooth wear, jaw pain, and functional issues. While all deep bites are overbites, not all overbites are deep bites, and both may require orthodontic treatment, such as braces or aligners, to correct.

  • Does an open bite get worse over time?

    An open bite, where the upper and lower teeth don’t touch, can worsen without treatment. It’s often caused by habits like thumb sucking, skeletal discrepancies, or improper tooth eruption. Without intervention, such as braces or surgery, the gap may increase. Early orthodontic treatment is crucial for improvement.
    Children with open bites will have the best and most long-lasting results if they receive care by age 7.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about bite correction and malocclusion, contact our office and we'll be happy to discuss further.

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