Do You Have a Bad Bite?

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You’ve heard of bad teeth, but have you heard of a bad bite? Another term for a bad bite is malocclusion. So how do you know if you have a bad bite? Usually, patients complain of TMJ pain (pain in the TMJ joints often accompanied by soreness, clicking sounds, difficulty opening and closing mouth, and jaw stiffness), headaches, teeth grinding, and trouble speaking. The usual remedy for a bad bite is braces in Tamarac.

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Different Types of Bad Bites

What Causes a Bad Bite?  

A bad bite can be caused by several factors, including heredity, disproportion of your upper and lower jaw, the size of your teeth, impacted, extra and lost teeth, jaw misalignment, and unhealthy habits such as pacifier use and thumb sucking.

What are the Different Bite Types?

Your bite will be determined after your dentist has inspected your mouth. The following are examples of bad bites: 

  • Overbite – an overbite is when your upper teeth go beyond your lower front teeth when you bite down. 
  • Crossbite – patients who have crossbites have their upper teeth sitting inside their lower teeth. This can happen to one side or both sides of the patient’s jaw. 
  • Underbite – an underbite is when your lower jaw extends your top teeth. 
  • Open bite – when a person has an open bite, their front teeth will not overlap the bottom teeth. 

How Is a Bad Bite Fixed?

The good news is this can be fixed through traditional metal braces. Metal braces will apply pressure on your teeth to help put your jaw in its proper alignment. But, the best way to know if you have malocclusion is to visit your orthodontist. 

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Do You Need Braces in Tamarac? 

If you think you have a bad bite, we can help fix it. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life while restoring self-assurance, rebuilding confident smiles, and encouraging dental and medical wellness. So call us today for an appointment.

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