Upper and lower teeth are meant to fit in a certain way with their counterparts in the opposite jaw.
The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite which mean straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great.
Many people find a beautiful smile adds to self-esteem, self-confidence and leads toward career advancement. We live in a competitive world and a great smile can give you the edge.
The true goal of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite so you can bite and chew food efficiently and comfortably. Teeth that work better tend to look better too. The beautiful smile is a pleasant side effect of treatment.
A healthy bite is achieved by repositioning teeth within the jaw bones, and ensuring they meet as intended to allow for biting and chewing.
The following bite problems can be difficult to see because often times the front teeth are straight:
– An underbite (or anterior crossbite) – when the top teeth are positioned behind the bottom teeth
– An open bite – when the back teeth are closed, but the front teeth don’t meet, or when the front teeth meet, but the back teeth don’t touch
– A deep bite – when top teeth completely cover the bottom teeth
– A crossbite – when the bottom teeth are outside of the top teeth
If an improper bite is not treated, problems develop. Premature wear of teeth and chipping of teeth is a very common problem. Jaw joint problems can develop. There is a higher risk of cavities. All of this can make it difficult to eat and talk.
The good news is there is a way to check your bite and ensure none of this happens to you. Having a healthy bite applies to all of your teeth, not just the few front teeth people see when you smile. Check your bite, or your child’s, when you choose an orthodontist for orthodontic treatment, you can be assured that you have selected a specialist orthodontist, an expert who possesses the skills and experience to give you and your child a best smile.
At Angel Orthodontics, Dr. Fariba with her long experience will be happy to advise you and discuss with you all treatment possibilities needed for your case.