YES, it is certainly possible to correct an uneven bite! An uneven bite can cause pain and discomfort, and may impact your physical appearance, so it is important to get the care you need as soon as possible.
When your teeth do not line up properly, you may have trouble chewing thoroughly and speaking clearly, and you may experience TMJ pain. An uneven bite is a common problem, but it is one that should be taken care of promptly to avoid further problems down the road.
Types of Uneven Bites
A misaligned bite can be caused by a wide range of problems, known as malocclusions. Some of the most common are:
- Overbite (front upper teeth significantly overlap lower teeth)
- Underbite (lower teeth are in front of the front upper teeth)
- Crossbite (one or more of the teeth grows in overbite or underbite fashion)
- Openbite (upper and lower teeth are pushed out so that they do not meet)
What Causes an Uneven Bite?
The causes of an uneven bite vary depending on the individual case; sometimes the patient’s habits, such as thumb sucking, can lead to bite issues. Other times, it can be hereditary. Whatever the cause, there are treatment options that will effectively take care of your bite.
Treatment Options for a Misaligned Bite
For many patients, orthodontic braces can be used to shift the teeth into their proper places and correct the bite problem. Treatment may also include additional appliances to achieve the desired result.
In some cases, the patient may need to undergo oral surgery to correct a misaligned bite.
Benefits of Correcting an Uneven Bite
- Choosing to fix your bite comes with several benefits, making it well worth the time and effort of undergoing treatment.
- Correcting the bite often helps the patient feel more comfortable with his or her appearance.
- Choosing treatment is key to avoiding damage to the teeth. When teeth do not line up properly, uneven wear is placed upon certain teeth. Correcting this problem keeps teeth healthy.
- For patients with TMJ disorders, correcting bite problems can alleviate pain and discomfort.
As you can see, correcting uneven bites is a fairly common dental treatment that can have many benefits for your health and well-being. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office. Let our trained dentists help you improve your quality of life!