Can Your Bite Get Adjusted?


Posted on 9/20/2018 by Karl Olson
Can Your Bite Get Adjusted?The top and bottom teeth are meant to work together to bite and chew your food. When they don't fit together ideally, long-term consequences could result.

If you have an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, your dentist may recommend a bite adjustment to help.

Reasons Your Bite May Not Line Up Properly

No two mouths are exactly the same, and there are many reasons that your teeth simply don't fit together the way that they should:

•  Teeth are crooked or out of alignment
•  Crowding or gaps
•  Extra or missing teeth
•  Broken or worn down crowns and fillings
•  Jaw size and position
•  Tooth size and shape
•  Nerve damage
•  Accidents or trauma

In addition to a smile that doesn't line up correctly, symptoms of an improper bite include pain in the jaws and facial muscles, and portions of your teeth may start to wear down.

What a Bite Adjustment Does

A bite adjustment is similar to a night guard, and it works to give you a bite that reduces force. A bite adjustment will reduce force on the teeth by positioning the bottom jaw properly when biting. This is similar to a night guard, but a bite adjustment appliance won't be removed. It involves a series of small adjustments to create an ideal bite.

There are many benefits to this type of treatment. A proper bite protects the teeth and reduces force on the joints and muscles. With time, you may feel less pain, fewer headaches, and improved movement in the jaw. Plus, of course, your teeth will be better protected.

If you have issues with your bite, it is important to have a thorough evaluation before you choose any type of treatment. We are here to help, so give us a call to set up your evaluation. We can determine the source of the problem and whether a bite adjustment might be right for you.

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