An open bite is a dental condition where there’s a lack of vertical overlap between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed. This means that the front teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed, leaving a gap between the upper and lower teeth.
Open bites can have negative effects on dental health and function. They can cause difficulty biting and chewing food properly, speech problems and could affect the flow of saliva in your mouth. In some cases, open bites may also have aesthetic concerns, affecting the appearance of the smile and face.
What Causes An Open Bite?
Open bites can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Genetics. Some individuals may have a predisposition to developing an open bite due to inherited traits, such as jaw size or shape.
- Thumb sucking or prolonged use of pacifiers. Prolonged thumb sucking or pacifier use during childhood can lead to an open bite if it continues as the permanent teeth erupt.
- Tongue thrusting. Habitual tongue thrusting, where the tongue pushes against the front teeth during swallowing or speaking, can contribute to an open bite.
Open Bite Treatments
Treatment for open bites will depend on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, may be used to move teeth into the correct position. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct skeletal abnormalities. Speech therapy or behavioral therapy may also be recommended to help correct oral habits or muscle imbalances contributing to the open bite.
Early intervention is important in treating open bites, as it can be more difficult to correct them in adulthood. Regular dental check-ups and consultations with an orthodontist or other dental specialist can help identify and address potential issues early on.
Our team of experienced dental professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care and delivering outstanding results. Whether you're dealing with misaligned teeth, an open bite, overcrowding or other orthodontic concern, Kildonan Crossing Dental Centre has the expertise to address your needs effectively.
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