|Please read this letter prior to your appointment with Dr. Dougherty.|
Common Bite Problems
A bad bite is known as a malocclusion, and it refers to the improper positioning of your teeth for a balanced bite. Though many of our patients express concern of the look of a bad bite, it can also cause dental problems. Bad bites can cause problems in your jaw and its hinge mechanism, it can affect your food choices and a bad bite can be exacerbated by causing neighboring teeth to also be forced into improper position. Our team at Dougherty Orthodontics can help review your bite and then make recommendations if we think an orthodontic device is needed. Orthodontic devices, both styles and how long they are needed, vary greatly, and each treatment plan is customized to fit each patient.
Your bite is how your upper and lower teeth fit together in a closed position. Ideally, your upper teeth will fit slightly over your lower teeth with molars fitting into the grooves of the opposite molars. This is what is known as a healthy bite. Unfortunately, many patients do not have a healthy bite for a variety of reasons, and understanding more about your bite can help.
Children and Orthodontics
Today it is recommended that we see our patients for the first time around the age of seven. This may sound surprisingly young, but there are steps we can take for children to help guide their adult teeth into a better position, saving considerable time and expense in the future. With the help of spacers and retainers, we can help redirect the positioning of those early teeth improving your child’s bite later.
Most Common Bite Problems
The top seven most common bite problems include:
Our goal is that with orthodontic treatment, we can help you achieve a healthy bite. Having a healthy bite means that the force you create when biting or chewing is evenly distributed, it also means that you will have clear speech and a healthy jaw. We can help you achieve these goals.
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