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 Invisalign. If you think your child has an open bite, call our office today to schedule and 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.
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.