What is an Open Bite?
If there’s a gap between your top front teeth and your bottom front teeth when your mouth is closed you have an Open Bite.
What causes an Open Bite?
There are a number of causes for an Open Bite, and these are normally due to bony problems, tongue / cheek / lip problems or due to some form of habit such as thumbsucking, nail biting or pen chewing
Can an Open Bite cause problems?
Some people with an Open Bite find the appearance of their smile embarrassing, and there are some significant health issues associated with this issue as well:
So how can an Open Bite be fixed?
Children and Teenagers
Ideally an Open Bite should be treated early, while the jaw and teeth are still developing. This provides the opportunity for your Orthodontist to identify the best system to guide your jaw and teeth into the correct position as they grow.
These options include:
Braces and discreet aligners such as Invisalign can correct an Open Bite in many cases, and surgery is an option for the more severe cases.
Discreet Invisalign aligners were used to correct the Open Bite.
In this case Braces were used to realign the teeth eliminating the Open Bite.
Your smile is unique...
…so your treatment will be as well.
Your local Orthodontist is specially trained to recognise the range of factors that contribute to an Open Bite, and they will be able to explain your options and discuss with you what suits you best and what you want.
So click the link below to find your nearest Clear Choice Orthodontist and get ready for your new smile.
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