Learn More About Bite Problem

Bite problems or malocclusion refers to the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth. It’s an oral health issue that causes discomfort in the mouth, chewing difficulties, and speech problems. Additionally, improper bites increase the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

The West Perth Dental Centre offers a range of dental services to address all types of bite problems. We have proficient dental professionals who can evaluate the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment to improve oral health.

Call today to schedule an appointment and find a suitable treatment to alleviate the discomfort caused by the bite problem.

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Common Signs and Symptoms of Bite Problem

Discomfort when eating

Eating can be difficult because when the upper and lower teeth are not aligned properly, they tend to grind or hit each other. This can restrict proper chewing and biting, which can be uncomfortable.

Speech problems

When there's a lack of space for the tongue to move, it can cause a lisp or unable to create sounds necessary for speaking. This often happens in cases of crossbites and underbites.

Sores in the inner cheeks or tongue

Frequent biting of the inner cheeks or tongue happens accidentally. But it can signify something is amiss with the teeth and jaw. It may cause sores or cuts in the tongue and soft tissues in the mouth.

Changes in the appearance of the face

Bites problems may have a noticeable effect on the contour and appearance of the face. It can cause a protrusion of either the lower or upper jaw. This distortion can cause changes in the position of the chin or lip contours.

Our Services That Can Address Bite Problem

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We offer Invisalign to realign the positions of each tooth using removable clear aligners. It offers a more convenient orthodontic treatment as they are removable and can deliver results relatively faster.

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Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth removal is necessary in cases of impacted wisdom teeth. The erupting teeth can sometimes crowd other nearby teeth, leading to an uneven bite.

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Tooth extractions

Extracting one or more teeth may be necessary to address the bite problems if the improper alignment is caused by overcrowding. This may help improve the positioning of the jaw.

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Smile makeovers

Smile makeovers combine two or more cosmetic or orthodontic treatments to enhance unattractive bite problems. The dentist can design streamlined procedures to adjust the alignment of the teeth and improve the overall smile appearance.

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ABOUT Bite Problem

Here are the different types of bite problems:

  • Crossbite.
    This misalignment occurs when the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth or the top teeth go behind the bottom teeth.

  • Underbite.
    An underbite is when the lower jaw sticks out in front of the upper jaw. This malocclusion (bad bite) can cause tension headaches and TMJ disorders if not addressed.

  • Openbite.
    An open bite happens when the back teeth are touching, but the front teeth on top and bottom don’t meet together, creating an almost “O” shape. This bite problem is often the result of thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, or breathing through the mouth.

  • Deepbite.
    The upper front teeth are too far forward and cover the lower teeth too much.

  • Protrusion. Protrusion occurs when the upper front teeth stick out, and the upper jaw is too far forward while the lower jaw is set back. A deep bite is often found in conjunction with protrusive front teeth.

People with malocclusion tend to have more difficulty pronouncing certain words because of the misalignment of their upper and lower teeth or poor bite. To make it more clear, the positions of your teeth and bite affect the position and movement of your tongue, so if they aren’t aligned, it can affect how you speak. Although, this can vary depending on the severity of a bite problem.

Additionally, a study discussed that if someone has a bad bite or their teeth do not line up correctly, they are more likely to make errors when speaking. Another research found that anterior open bite and posterior crossbite often cause speech problems due to changes in tongue positions.

Improving the alignment of your bite can improve your oral health in numerous ways. When your teeth and jaw are properly aligned, the function of your teeth can improve, making chewing or biting more comfortable and reducing any pressure in the jaw areas. Moreover, having a proper bite allows you to brush and floss more efficiently, which helps improve and maintain your oral hygiene.

It can be easy to tell if you have a bite problem, particularly in severe cases. However, there are other signs and symptoms that indicate poor bite, including the following:

  • Discomfort when biting.
    One of the first signs of a bite problem is discomfort when biting. If you’re feeling pain in your jawbone or muscles surrounding your jaw, this can often indicate that you have an issue with your bite.

  • Misaligned teeth.
    If the position of your teeth is asymmetrical or the upper and lower jaw line do not meet together, this is a noticeable sign that you have a poor bite.

  • Frequent sores on the tongue.
    When checking for a bad bite, pay close attention to your tongue. Generally, when the alignment of your bite is off, your tongue is more prone to cut and wound as it rubs against the teeth.

A poorly aligned bite can create hard-to-reach nooks and crevices in your mouth, which can allow food particles to get easily trapped in these areas. Unfortunately, reducing these debris with a toothbrush or floss can be difficult, leading to plaque and tartar building up. This can eventually lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, which can all pose a threat to your oral health without an appropriate course of action. This is why consulting a dentist is essential to check your bite problem and recommend a treatment that is suitable to your case.

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