Open Bite Correction
Open bite is one type of malocclusion, or "bad bite." This is when the top and bottom teeth don't touch when the mouth is closed, leaving a space between the top and bottom teeth. Limiting thumb-sucking and pacifier use in children can help them avoid developing an overbite.
Open Bite Correction Treatment
An open bite is when the top and bottom teeth don’t touch at the front or back of the mouth when the jaw is fully shut, leaving a space between them. Open bites are a form of malocclusion, or “bad bite,” a variety of dental issues that cause the teeth to align improperly, causing problems when biting down and a host of other related issues, including pain, oral hygiene issues, and tooth and gum decay.
An open bite can be hard to treat, but we will be able to fix it with different types of braces and/or clear aligner treatment. If you think your child has an open bite, call our office today to schedule an appointment so that you or your child can smile and bite properly.
Does open bite require surgery?
Only in very severe cases will an open bite require oral surgery. Usually, it can be corrected with regular orthodontic intervention, such as braces or Invisalign. Your orthodontist will do a full comprehensive examination, including x-rays or 3D imaging, to assess you or your child’s bite and determine the proper treatment.
Does an open bite get worse over time?
Yes, absolutely. Any orthodontic problem, like an open bite, that is not fixed will get worse over time. It is very important to see an experienced orthodontist as soon as possible who can fix you or your child’s open bite. This will prevent further damage to the teeth and gums and pain or discomfort when you or your child chews, bites or swallows.
Children with open bites will have the best and most long-lasting results if they get help as early as age 7.
What are the symptoms of an open bite?
In addition to the gap between the front teeth, other symptoms of an open bite can include:
- Difficulty biting or tearing food
- Speech problems, such as lisping
- Mouth breathing
- Pain in the jaw or facial muscles
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
What causes an open bite?
There are several factors that can contribute to an open bite, including:
- Thumb-sucking habits in childhood
- Tongue thrusting, which is a habit of pushing the tongue against the front teeth
- Certain medical conditions
- Loss of teeth
Can an open bite be prevented?
There is no guaranteed way to prevent an open bite, but encouraging good oral habits in children, such as avoiding thumb sucking and practicing proper tongue posture, can help reduce the risk.
Is open bite treatment painful?
Open bite treatment can cause some discomfort, especially during the initial stages of treatment when the teeth are being moved. However, most patients are able to manage the discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication.
If you have any questions about open bite correction contact us, request an appointment for your child, or explore the other pediatric dental services we offer using the links below.