There is a variety of bite issues that can affect your oral health. Depending on the type of bite issue (occlusion) and its severity, these alignment issues can also affect one’s quality of life, creating obvious and embarrassing misalignment in the teeth, and making it difficult to chew food. The good news, however, is that these occlusions are treatable in a number of ways.
Trapnell Orthodontics is proud to provide orthodontic treatment to those across Utah County. Whether through traditional braces or Invisalign, we have a variety of ways to correct bite issues, which can improve both your oral health and quality of life. If you’re interested in any of these orthodontic services, call one of our Utah County offices today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about common bite issues.
What Causes Bite Issues? How are They Treated?
There are a number of causes for bite issues. Many occlusions are formed genetically. But other factors can contribute to the onset or the worsening of bite issues. Chronic thumb sucking as a child can create minor misalignment in the bite. Teeth grinding can also be associated with the creation of occlusions.
Braces or Invisalign are usually enough to correct bite issues over time. Sometimes, a simple retainer or headgear can help mitigate the effects of occlusions for those who grind their teeth. In certain cases, minor surgical intervention can also be used to correct bite issues.
Types of Bite Issues and Their Effects
- Overbite: Overbites are one of the most common forms of occlusions, when the top teeth rest in front of the bottom teeth. Minor overbites are usually less of an issue, but larger overbites can make it challenging to clean the teeth adequately.
- Underbite: Underbites are the opposite of overbites, when the top teeth rest behind the bottom teeth. Underbites can have cosmetic disadvantages and can lead to premature wearing of the teeth.
- Crossbite: Crossbites are a more complicated occlusion, and are often associated with issues chewing food, and an increased risk for developing TMJ.
- Open Bite: Open bites occur when some of your teeth don’t overlap or connect when you bite down. This can make it very difficult to properly chew food, and can lead to digestion issues.
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Bite issues can affect both your quality of life and oral health. But these complications can be treated! If you’re hoping to fix an occlusion, don’t hesitate to call us today! You can find the contact info for each of our orthodontic offices here.