Noncosmetic Reasons to Fix Your Bite Problems

Most people think of bite problems as smile ruiners, and they can be. Overbites give you a “buck tooth” look, underbites cause your chin to protrude, and crowded teeth really mess up your smile. 

Mild forms of these bite problems, known as malocclusions, may be barely noticeable, but if they’re more severe, they’re obvious to the naked eye. However, it’s not just vanity we have to worry about where bite problems are concerned. These issues can cause serious problems down the line. 

Samir Patel, DDS, and the Plainsboro Family Dentistry team are dedicated to providing effective, safe, and innovative solutions to these common, disturbing problems for patients in the Plainsboro, New Jersey area. We’re devoted to providing the most progressive, evidence-based care, and we do it with warmth, informing you of the reasoning behind our approach every step of the way. 

Types of bite problems

The bite problems we see frequently are:

Though having a more pleasing smile motivates many to seek treatment for their bite issues, very real dental problems are linked to them too, and correction can allow you to head these issues off altogether.

Bite problems leave you vulnerable to future dental problems

A host of dental dilemmas caused by bite problems can be avoided with proper treatment. 

First and foremost, bite problems can be an impediment to proper dental hygiene. If you have loosely spaced teeth, food gets stuck in open areas and leads to tooth decay and gum disease. With tooth crowding, you’re at risk for the same problems, especially in the areas between your teeth, as they’re almost inaccessible when brushing and flossing. 

Certain bite problems, like an underbite or overbite, cause undue, uneven wear and tear on your teeth. An underbite stresses your jaw joint, while an overbite often leads to dry mouth, tooth decay, loss of enamel (which is permanent), and even sleep apnea. 

If you have a crossbite, you may experience uneven jaw growth and worn enamel, and an open bite can actually lead to speech and swallowing problems, as well as pain, uneven wear, and fractures on your back teeth. 

In short, a healthy bite is needed for preserving oral health, maintaining even distribution of pressure on your teeth as you chew and eat, and clear speech. The way to avoid these problems is to get professional dental treatment. 

The solution for the wide range of bite problems

Dr. Patel offers state-of-the-art Invisalign® orthodontic treatment to address any bite problem you’ve developed. He adopted this treatment method because it’s patient-friendly, completely customizable, safe, and comes with outstanding results. 

What sets the Invisalign platform apart from traditional metal braces is the streamlined, painless way it corrects your bite. Fitting braces and tightening them means pain, while clear plastic, BPS-free aligners are completely safe and comfortable. 

Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of plastic trays, called aligners, that are tailored to your teeth, per an impression we take of your mouth. With the aid of computer software, we create a targeted plan of the steps needed to repair your bite problem. 

You have a new set of aligners for each of your corrective treatment phases, so you typically swap out one set of aligners for the next every 1-2 weeks, and visit us at the office so we can check in on your progress about every 4-6 weeks. 

It’s important to wear each set of aligners for 20-22 hours a day, but unlike permanent braces, you can take them out when eating and drinking, and brushing and flossing. Gone are the worries of food getting stuck in your braces, and you can eat anything you want!

Invisalign treatment offers many advantages:

Similar to braces, your Invisalign aligners put pressure on your teeth that’s subtle, but successfully repositions them, solving your bite problem. Treatment is usually complete between a year and 18 months, they’re imperceptible, and they’re so much less trouble than braces.

Look into correcting your bite problem — whatever it is — with Invisalign, ASAP. (Pssst, we’re currently offering a special.) Call our office to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online

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