Many patients think orthodontic treatment is solely oriented around developing a beautiful smile, but it has a lot to do with your bite as well!
It’s true that a lot of orthodontics is oriented around straightening a patient’s smile, which is why it’s sometimes easy for patients to forget about just how important bite alignment is when correcting your smile. When an individual suffers from bite issues, it can end up having a negative ripple effect in terms of the overall aesthetics of their smile and their daily comfort levels.
Adjusting jaw issues at an early age can also be absolutely critical for countless orthodontic patients that understand how important it is to avoid much more serious issues later on in life. Below we’ll be going over an overview to help you better understand why correcting your misaligned bite can end up saving your smile for the long-term!
Potential Bite Issues
Orthodontists like Dr. Karpac are fully prepared to support patients with a wide range of potential bite problems, and our goals are always to support patients with the overall functionality, comfort and aesthetic appearance of their jaws and teeth.
The following are some of the most common bite problems that we help patients with on a consistent basis:
- Underbite: Your front upper teeth should fit a little bit over your lower front teeth, which means that your lower jaw should be slightly positioned behind your upper jaw. An underbite occurs when an individual’s lower jaw is positioned a little too far forward, or when an individual’s upper teeth are positioned a bit too far back.
- Overbite: Although everyone generally has a slight overbite, there are circumstances in which an individual’s overbite could be detrimental to the health of their jaw. When an individual’s upper jaw is sitting too far forward or completely overlapping their lower front teeth, then they’re considered to have an overbite malocclusion.
- Crossbite: A crossbite occurs when an individual’s upper teeth do not properly fit over the top and outside of their lower teeth.
- Open Bite: An open bite occurs when an individual’s upper and lower front teeth don’t overlap at all when they bite down.
Some other common bite problems that require orthodontic treatment include deep bites, spacing and crowding issues.
How Orthodontic Treatment From JK Orthodontics Can Fix All Sorts Of Bite Problems
When you initiate your orthodontic treatment with braces or Line-M-Up™, you’ll be simultaneously adjusting your bite misalignment while straightening your teeth. When you have an overbite or an underbite, your braces will be fitted with tiny hooks that will be the base for a few different elastic bands. It’s also important to note that your rubber bands will be uniquely positioned based upon the type of jaw misalignment you’re experiencing.
As your treatment progresses, the bands will impose the necessary amount of pressure to adjust your jaw position and ultimately fix your bite. This then will allow individuals to speak and eat much easier, and not have to worry about unwanted jaw discomfort.
It’s also important to know that proper jaw alignment will provide patients with the correct type of balancing pressure between your teeth, which then reduces your overall likelihood of tooth wearing.
There are many instances in which it’s best for parents to consider early orthodontic treatment for their children when they are experiencing serious bite issues like open bites, deep bites, crossbites, underbites and much more. Some children will require two-phase treatment plans, which may include the use of a palatal expander or partial braces.
When a child has their bite problems addressed early on, they can potentially avoid the necessity for surgery or needing to pull teeth later in life. Two-phase treatment processes also generally make the second phase of braces or Line-M-Up™ much more efficient as well.
Reach Out To The JK Orthodontics Team To Learn More About How We Can Support Misaligned Bites!
JK Orthodontics has supported the Columbus Metro Area with high-quality orthodontic care for decades, so we’ve come across our fair share of bite problems that needed re-alignment. Bite misalignments are always very serious issues, but the good news is that our team is here for you or your child when this type of treatment is necessary!
Contact us online or call us at 614-766-0330 (Dublin office) or 614-471-6355 (Gahanna office) to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Karpac today!