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Understanding Open Bite

There are a few different types of malocclusion, which refers to the misalignment of the teeth. An open bite is among the most severe. It can cause undesirable consequences for a person’s health and quality of life. Fortunately, an open bite is also correctable. Consider visiting a dental office that offers Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is a system of clear plastic aligners that shift the teeth into their proper positions. It’s very effective for many types of malocclusion, including open bites.

Definition of Open Bite

The ideal bite pattern allows the upper and lower teeth to align neatly with each other when the jaws are closed. The chewing surfaces of the bottom molars should align with the chewing surfaces of the upper molars. Additionally, the upper front teeth should rest just a little bit ahead of the lower front teeth. But most people don’t naturally have a perfectly aligned smile. If your dentist diagnoses you with an open bite, it means that there is a gap between your upper and lower teeth when your jaws are fully closed.

Causes and Risk Factors of Open Bite

There are a few potential causes of open bite patterns. One is an inherent problem with the jawbone. Open bites are also caused by habits. For example, children can develop an open bite early in life if they used pacifiers excessively and for too many years. Thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and chewing on objects other than food can also be culprits of open bites. It’s also possible for patients to develop an open bite later in life, particularly if they develop temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. TMJ disorder is a painful problem involving the jaw joints.

Complications of Open Bite

In the case of an open bite, getting Invisalign treatment isn’t just a matter of aesthetic appearance. It’s also necessary to correct open bites because they can cause health issues. Open bites can cause difficulty with normal biting and chewing, which means patients may avoid eating nutritious foods like apples and nuts. Patients with open bites may also engage in unbalanced chewing, causing additional stress on the jaw joints. Furthermore, the teeth can develop uneven wear patterns, and the underlying structures may be adversely affected by the unbalanced force.

Invisalign is one of the many premier treatments we offer here at Park 56 Dental. Our mission is to improve both the health and the appearance of your smile. Call our office at (646) 783-3529 to request an Invisalign consult in NYC.

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