A Better Bite Means a Better Smile!
Most of us don’t think twice about opening and closing our mouths, chewing, talking, and smiling. But when your bite is misaligned, trust us, you become pretty self-conscious. “Bite” is the term used to describe the way a person’s upper and lower teeth come together when the mouth is closed. When someone’s bite is abnormal, either by genetics or circumstance, their teeth don’t rest correctly, which makes using and closing the mouth difficult, uncomfortable, or even painful. For these reasons, a bad bite should be addressed as soon as possible. If you think your bite needs attention, you should know that we’re experts at bite adjustment in Orlando and can help you achieve a comfortable, healthy bite in a number of ways.
How Does a Bad Bite Affect Me?
When the upper and lower teeth don’t rest together as they’re naturally meant to, excessive stress can be placed on certain teeth that can, in turn, cause tooth damage, wear, and loosening. A misaligned bite can also cause temporomandibular joint disorders, which are those that affect the jaw and jawbone. And because an abnormal bite is often the result of crowded teeth, food particles can become trapped, which can lead to periodontal disease. This is why it’s vital that you see an Orlando periodontist if you’re suffering from an abnormal bite.
How Can Bite Adjustment in Orlando Help?
There are a number of ways in which an Orlando periodontist, like Dr. Sevor, can help patients gain or regain normal bites. Braces are the most common remedy. Braces apply physical pressure to teeth that, over time, cause them to shift into alignment. These braces can be made of metal or plastic and can even be made as a removable mouthpiece. Bite splints are another option. These splints are custom-made plastic guards that can be worn when the patient wants and that act as barriers to keep the upper and lower teeth apart when the mouth is closed.
In some cases, a periodontist might choose to reshape the surfaces of teeth in order to reduce their abnormal contact while biting. This tooth reshaping will result in an even distribution of pressure across all the teeth such that they are no longer at risk of being damaged. In other instances, tooth replacement or reconstruction might be the answer, and replacing old or worn out fillings can also have a beneficial effect.
We’re Experts at Improving Your Smile
Don’t let anything keep you from smiling more — especially a bad bite. We believe good oral health allows people to feel more confident about themselves, which is why we offer all kinds of procedures that can make you feel good about your smile. From gum disease treatments, to laser periodontal therapy, to deep scaling and root planing, our gentle and expert staff will make sure to devise the right treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
If you think you might be suffering from a bad bite and would like more information about how we can help, contact us today.