April 18, 2017
When your upper and lower teeth don’t fit together quite right, it’s called a bad bite. Bad bites can cause cosmetic issues but can also cause you to have jaw pain and headaches.
Dr. David Porter at Synergy Dental Center in Gillette, WY knows the signs of a bad bite and what to do to fix it.
Don’t suffer needlessly with jaw pain or a headache when our dentist might be able to solve the problem. Not only will you be pain-free but you’ll be sporting a beautiful smile.
The Causes Of A Bad Bite
A bad bite (or misalignment) can be caused by many things, including:
- Tooth loss
- Poorly fitting dental appliances or worn dentistry
- Thumb sucking
- Teeth grinding
When your teeth are out of place, the whole balance is affected. The muscles that support the jawbone become strained and the hinge joints can suffer trauma. A poor bite can wear your teeth down too.
How To Fix Unbalanced Bite
The first thing Dr. Porter will do is order X-rays and scans to see what’s going on in your mouth. The treatment plan he will propose depends on the cause of the misalignment and how bad it is.
If your bad bite is just the result of a few teeth that don’t quite fit – maybe a couple of your upper teeth are too long and hitting your bottom teeth – then reshaping is a possible fix. Also called dental contouring, reshaping is a corrective procedure that alters the length, shape, and positioning of one or two teeth. It makes your teeth fit together properly and ensures that you have a tight, healthy bite. Contouring may take multiple visits to complete.
At Synergy Dental Center, we offer several orthodontic options for fixing bad bites.
Treating Malocclusion Before Braces Are Even Needed
Dr. Porter wants to treat the whole mouth and not just the teeth. At our office, we offer advanced solutions like Advanced Lightwire Functionals (ALF) and the Crozat appliance.
ALF is a method of orthodontic treatment where the patient is fitted with a custom-made, removable appliance that uses wires to reposition jaws, dental arches, and teeth. These appliances are barely visible from the outside and are more comfortable than traditional braces.
The Crozat Appliance is a removable appliance made of precious metal that corrects malocclusions. It results in tissue changes and, eventually, tooth movement.
When you think of “braces,” this is what you probably think of. Traditional braces work for most cases of misalignment and malocclusion.
If you are suffering only from mild alignment problems, then we offer Six Month Smiles. It’s a short-term braces option that can correct your smile in just six months. This option uses clear ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires.
We offer two types of clear aligners: ClearCorrect and Invisalign. Both of these options are great for patients who want convenient, discomfort-free orthodontic care. Orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign use a series of aligners to straighten teeth.
Tooth damage or loss can lead to bite misalignment. Dr. Porter can reconstruct your teeth in a few ways, including:
- Dental implants. With an implant, the dentist embeds a post in the jaw that holds a prosthetic tooth.
- Porcelain inlays or onlays. Just filling cavities or fixing fractures may be enough to restore balance to the bite.
- Dental bridges. Bridges fill spaces with artificial teeth. In combination with dental implants, a bridge can be a cost-effective option to repair a bad bite.
- Partial dentures. Dr.Porter will make an appliance with artificial teeth in order to synchronize with your bite. This not only fixes a bad alignment, but it helps restore your smile.
An unbalanced bite can lead to jaw trauma, hearing difficulty, breathing issues, and headaches. At the very least, it puts strain on the other teeth causing more serious dental problems down the line.
Make An Appointment
Dr. Porter will detect any alignment problems you have at a routine exam. But if you’re having issues such as headaches or jaw pain, you should come in and see us. There’s no sense in suffering if you don’t need to.