How a Bad Bite Causes Dental Problems and How to Fix It

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Girl fixing her bite through retainersDentists often recommend correcting bad bites – and for a good reason. Whilst correcting bad bites significantly improves the appearance of the teeth, it also prevents a host of different dental problems.

Problems Associated with a Bad Bite

The teeth can't perform and function properly if they are misaligned. This is bound to cause trouble one way or another.

A bad bite (or malocclusion) can come in many forms, such as an under bite, cross bite, over bite or open bite. It also falls into three different classifications: Class 1 malocclusion, Class 2 malocclusion and Class 3 malocclusion. Whatever the type, an imperfect bite can lead to serious oral complications.

These include problems in the jaw joints, missing or fractured teeth, a progression of gum disease, trauma, nerve or muscle disorders and sometimes damage to dentures or dental implants. In addition, you may be susceptible to frequent occurrence of jaw pain, headaches (which can be as severe as migraines) neck and shoulder pain, as well as oversensitivity to touch.

Straightening It Out: Possible Treatments for Bad Bite

Fortunately, there are many ways to correct an imperfect bite. Liverpool-based practice Saving Faces says its orthodontic treatments are tailored to the individual. Whilst most patients will not require damage control, your dentist may refer to an orthodontist if your bad bite is causing too many problems.

Depending on the type of the bad bite, your orthodontist will recommend a specific corrective treatment. Typically, fixing a bad bite will involve an orthodontic work, which will correct the position of the teeth with dental braces or aligners.

Alternative treatments may be an extraction of some teeth to fix overcrowding, surgery to shorten or reshape the jaw and wires to stabilise the jaw bone, as well as bonding and reshaping of the teeth.

Many adult patients are not keen on getting dental braces due to the many negative implications reinforced by misconceptions and past experiences. But as orthodontic work advances to become more discreet and less uncomfortable, grownups have more reason to seek treatment and experience the benefits of straighter, healthier teeth.

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