Many patients suffer from bite problems in their lives, and depending on the severity, they can affect your daily quality of life. When misaligned, the teeth can’t perform vital functions, and daily oral hygiene becomes more difficult, increasing your risk for tooth decay or gum disease. As such, those with bite issues (malocclusions) stand to benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Precision Orthodontics is proud to provide orthodontic treatment to those around Westchester County in Scarsdale, NY. Dr. Ray is versed in treating a variety of common bite issues that can make simple tasks like eating more difficult. If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our Scarsdale office today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about some of these common bite issues, and the issues they can present.
What Causes Bite Problems? How Are They Treated?
Bite problems, known as malocclusions, can form for a number of reasons. Genetic factors play a large role in the formation of bite issues. For example, the size and length of your jaw can affect the way the teeth grow and settle within the mouth. Malocclusions can also form from bad habits like thumb sucking, or tongue thrusting within the mouth.
Standard orthodontic treatments are used not only to help align the teeth, but also to minimize the severity of bite problems in the mouth. Braces and Invisalign are both viable options for treating bite problems. While severe malocclusions will take more time in braces to treat, the benefits can improve one’s quality of life.
Common Bite Issues and The Complications They Present
Overbite: Excessive overbites occur when the lower front teeth are covered too much by the upper front teeth. The largest overbites can cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth, which can cause tissue damage, wear of the lower teeth, and gingival recession.
Underbite: In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out further, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper teeth.
Crossbite: In a crossbite, the upper teeth rest on the inside of the lower teeth, which can lead to misaligned jaw growth. As such, it’s important that crossbites are treated promptly, before they lead to greater complications.
Open Bite: Open bites occur when the the lower and upper front teeth don’t overlap. Open bites are commonly caused by habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
Crowded Teeth: In some cases, there’s not enough room along the jaw for all the teeth to emerge in their proper alignment, which can lead to crowded, overlapping teeth. This has cosmetic downsides and can also increase your risk for periodontal disease or tooth decay.
The Best Orthodontist in Scarsdale, NY
If you’re seeking orthodontics in lower Westchester, look no further than Precision Orthodontics! Call us today at 914.725.2606 to schedule a consultation today. Or, contact us here!