An open bite is a dental condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet when the mouth is closed. A variety of factors, such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or improper growth of the jaw, can cause this. Openbite can have a negative impact on your appearance, speech, and self-esteem. In this article, we will discuss the causes and treatments for open bite.
Causes of Open Bite
- Parafunctional habits (e.g. thumb sucking, mouth breathing)
- Poor development of the jaw bones
- Growth abnormalities in the jaw joint
- Poor alignment of teeth
- Injury to the jaw
- Habitual biting or clenching of the teeth
- Tongue thrusting
- Prolonged use of a pacifier
- Teeth misalignment due to genetics
Problems caused by Open Bite
- Difficulty in speaking.
- Difficulties in eating or chewing.
- Unattractive facial appearance due to improper alignment of the teeth
- Unfavorable jaw joint position, which leads to pain, headaches, and neck strain.
- Uneven tooth wear caused by incorrect contact between opposing teeth
- Tooth decay and gum disease due to difficulty in cleaning the teeth effectively.
- Stress on the muscles of the mastication.
Treatment of Open Bite
The treatment of an open bite depends on the cause and the severity of the condition. In mild cases, orthodontic treatment may be recommended to correct the bite. This may involve braces or other appliances to help shift the teeth into proper alignment. If the cause is due to a habit such as thumb-sucking, the habit must be stopped in order for the treatment to be successful. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the bite. This can involve repositioning the jawbone or reshaping the teeth. In some cases, a combination of orthodontic treatment and surgery may be needed.
If you have an openbite, you can opt to get it treated at Wilmington Orthodontic Center. Schedule an appointment with us today!