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Braces can solve many dental problems, change the entire facial structure as well as align the jaw. Crooked and crowded teeth are known as malocclusion.

What are the different kinds of malocclusion?

The most common types of problems that people experience when it comes to their bites are:

An Overbite occurs when the upper teeth protrude or cut in front of the lower jaw and can result in the top teeth biting into the gums.

An Underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends forward in front of the upper jaw.

A Crossbite occurs when a narrow upper jaw causes teeth to be misaligned with the lower jaw.

Overcrowding is caused by a lack of space resulting in overcrowded teeth.

An Overjet happens when the top teeth extend past the bottom teeth horizontally.

An Openbite happens when the front teeth don’t overlap the lower teeth.

What effects can a bite problem have on a person?

A bite problem can compromise your facial aesthetic as well as your lifestyle. Your dental health is also at risk due to the fact that having crooked or crowded teeth are harder to clean thoroughly. Not cleaning the teeth thoroughly can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. An improper bite can interfere with your ability to chew and speak, this can make living your daily routine comfortably very challenging. A bad bite can lead to headaches, TMJ, neck, shoulder and back pain. Sometimes issues that you may be experiencing in one area of the body such as neck pain can be the result of a problem with your bite.

How do braces work to fix your bite?

Braces are the most common fixed appliance to correct a bite issue. They’re generally the most affordable option and can solve the majority of cases.  Braces are usually made out of bands, wires, and brackets. The bands are placed or fixed around the teeth and are anchors for braces. The brackets are bonded to the front of the teeth and archwires are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands.  Slowly the wire is tightened to apply tension and move the teeth to their desired position. Fixing the teeth and the alignment of them enables the jaw to then adjust to a new correct position.

What are the causes of a bite problem?

Certain bite conditions are inherited from your parents; however other kinds can be as a result of tongue thrusting, mouth breathing, premature tooth loss and thumb sucking. Abnormally shaped or impacted teeth, as well as poor dental care, can contribute toward the development of a bite problem.

When is the ideal time to get braces in order to fix a bite problem?

Preventative treatment is always better than trying to solve the problem once it has occurred. The most noticeable time for a jaw or bite problem to be detected is during the ages of 6-12, the same time as the permanent teeth erupt. Most orthodontists recommend treatment between the ages of 8-14 and an orthodontic evaluation before the age of 7. It is so much easier to spot teeth and jaw growth in younger patients in order to plan out treatment and adjust it to any problem. Of course, it is never too late to undergo treatment for a bite problem as an adult. The process is much the same as that of younger patients but it may take a longer time, permanent teeth in an adult are less moveable and adjustable than in younger patients.

What is the first step to correcting your bite problem?

Visiting your team of experienced orthodontists at South Yarra Orthodontics is the first step to treating your bite problem and achieving your desired look. Our trusted team will be able to evaluate your current condition and advise you on the best course of action to take moving forward. To book an evaluation with us contact us on (03) 9131 1999.