Bite issues, or malocclusion of the teeth, is a term that describes an appreciable deviation from normal occlusion.

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About This Condition

Generally teeth should fit comfortably in your mouth and not be crowded or have big gaps, and the top jaw should overlap the bottom one slightly.

If teeth are misaligned, they can often pose functional difficulties for the affected person, which can also lead to problems with oral and digestive health if left untreated.

Bite issues can present themselves in the following ways:

  • Overbite
  • Reverse bite
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite

A person affected by a malocclusion can often find they experience an altered facial appearance, biting their cheeks or tongue, pain or discomfort when eating, speech problems (such as a lisp) or mouth breathing.

This condition is often found to be inherited, so prevention is difficult, but there are some conditions or habits that can alter the jaw’s structure and shape, these are:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Prolonged use of dummies
  • Prolonged digit sucking
  • Injury or trauma to the teeth or face
  • Poor dental care

Bite issues can be corrected with the following methods:

  • Wearing braces
  • Removing teeth that are causing the mouth to be overcrowded
  • Applying crowns or dental bonding to reshape the teeth
  • Jaw surgery allows placement of the jaws in the ideal position to meet in better functional and aesthetic way

Any issues with the bite are best diagnosed by the orthodontist who is a brace specialist.

Once the condition has been corrected, you may feel more comfortable and that your smile is more aesthetically pleasing, as well as having issue with speech and eating rectified.

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