When most people think of orthodontics, they think of braces. However, braces are just one type of treatment that orthodontists provide. Orthodontists are also responsible for diagnosing and correcting bite problems, which can significantly impact a person’s oral health. So, what is considered a bad bite?
A bad bite can be defined in several ways, including:
- An overbite occurs when the upper teeth protrude too far over the lower teeth.
- An underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude too far forward.
- A crossbite is when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned, so the teeth do not come together correctly.
- Crowded teeth, crowding can refer to any situation where there is too little space for the teeth to fit comfortably within the jaw.
The Dangers of an Improper Bite
Gum disease is one of the most common problems associated with an improper bite. When the teeth are not aligned properly, it can be challenging to brush and floss effectively, allowing plaque and tartar to build up on the teeth and gums. Over time, this can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis, if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis, a serious infection that causes bone and tooth loss.
Another common problem associated with an improper bite is tooth decay. When the teeth are misaligned, it can create small spaces between them where food particles can become trapped. This can lead to cavities and tooth decay. In addition, misaligned teeth are more difficult to brush and floss properly, which means that food particles are more likely to remain on the teeth, increasing the risk of cavities and decay.
The third type of problem associated with an improper bite is TMJ. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder—in other words, it is a disorder of the joints that connect the jaw to the skull. When these joints become misaligned due to an improper bite, it can cause pain in the jaw, neck, and shoulders, headaches, and dizziness. In severe cases, it can even lead to dislocation of the jaw.
We Can Help
If you think you may have a bite problem or have been referred by your dentist, it is important to book an appointment with our team as soon as possible to diagnose and correct the problem before it leads to more serious dental issues down the road.
With the help of I Song Orthodontics in Berkeley and El Cerrito, you will achieve a beautiful smile and healthy teeth.