Fixing Your Closed Bite
Posted on 02/10/2017 by Dr. Lovrovich
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Does your bite not seem to have enough height in the teeth to support the lower portion of your face?
A closed bite might be the problem, and you should consider your options for fixing it.
What Caused Your Closed Bite?
The cause of a closed bite will vary from person to person. Genetics is one of the top factors, so if you have a closed bite, there is a good chance that other people in your family do too. Excessive wear and damage to the teeth, especially if teeth are lost in the back of your mouth, could also lead to a closed bite.
Why is a Closed Bite a Problem?
If you have a closed bite, chances are good that you aren’t happy with the appearance of your smile. Since your teeth aren’t in the correct position, the shape of your face, lips, and jaws will look off-kilter. Your teeth won’t be giving your face appropriate height, leading to a sunken appearance that will look similar to if you had no teeth at all. The end result could be deep folds in the face that look similar to jowls.
A closed bite is also a problem because it will be inefficient. You will likely experience problems with chewing that can cause further destruction with your teeth and might result in jaw pain. You might even experience TMJ pain if you don’t treat this issue.
How Can You Fix Your Closed Bite?
If you have a closed bite, an evaluation with your orthodontist is in order. There are a variety of treatment options that will vary depending on the stage and cause of your condition. Orthodontic options like braces might be suggested, but a full mouth reconstruction might also be advised.
This more invasive treatment option will build up the damaged teeth in order to support the proper positioning of the jaw.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about closed bites.