What is a Bad Bite or Malocclusion?

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Find Out What Type of Bite You Have

There are different kinds of bite disorders, and their severity can differ from person to person. Most common bite types are Deep Overbite, Closed Bite, Crossbite, Open Bite and Protrusion

Deep Overbite

What is Deep Overbite?

One of the bite problems that are most detrimental to facial aesthetics is the deep overbite, which is almost complete overlap of the upper front teeth over the lower front teeth. The edges of the lower teeth may actually bite into the gum tissue of the upper palate.

What is Closed Bite?

Some tooth wear is a natural function of aging. As long as it doesn’t change your bite, it isn’t a functional problem. Occasionally however tooth wear causes a closed bite which can be a serious disorder. For example,, extreme wear of the tooth structure in the back of the mouth can cause partial disintegration of the lower facial tissue. It can give you an aged appearance- as if you have no teeth. This problem can exist even in young people.

What is Crossbite?

In a normal bite, the upper teeth slightly overlap the lower teeth. A crossbite results when the opposite occurs: when the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth. It can occur in both the front and back teeth. When a crossbite develops in the front teeth,, one result is a protruding chin.

Open Bite

What is Open Bite?

Occasionally the upper and lower front teeth cannot come together when the back teeth are touching. This condition is commonly referred to as an open bite. Heredity as well as habits such as tongue thrusting, thumb sucking and pencil biting can cause open bites. Although people with open bites aren’t always aware of the problem, one telltale symptom is difficulty in biting with the front teeth. In addition, open bites cause protrusion of the upper lip, making it difficult for patients with open bites to close their lips over their teeth without straining.

What is Protrusion?

Protruded upper front teeth, often called “buck teeth”, can detract from even the best of smiles. In severe cases, protrusion results in facial deformity and an inability to close the lips over the teeth.

What is the best treatment?

Make an Appointment with Holistic Dental Melbourne, Donvale or Brunswick to seek treatments for the bad bite.