You might not know that orthodontists can straighten your teeth, as well as fix your bite? Having your top and bottom teeth fit together inside your mouth properly is one of the most important aspects of orthodontic treatment. No, I’m not referring to the way you chew, but rather the way your top and bottom teeth fit together inside your mouth for proper jaw alignment. People aren’t always born with the perfect bite. The problem of a bad bite or “malocclusion” is not a big deal for many, but for others it can lead to excessive and uneven tooth wear, jaw joint pain, muscle pains, and headaches.
What should your bite look like from the side?
A mirror is frequently used to examine the lower teeth of patients. There should be an exact fit between the pointed ends of the top teeth and the bottom teeth. Gentle contact should be maintained between the upper surfaces of the front teeth and the lower surfaces of the lower ones. In essence, your bite must close completely.
Upper Teeth / Upper Front Teeth
When you smile, the upper teeth are usually parallel to the lower lip when you are looking at your teeth from the front. In order for your teeth to be closed, at least half of the bottom teeth should be visible. You probably have an overbite, and you will need braces to fix it if you can’t see any of your bottom teeth.
You should also have slightly wider upper teeth than your lower teeth. Using a small handheld mirror will help you more readily examine your teeth from the bottom or top. Using a mirror, look at both the top row and the bottom row while opening your mouth wide. It is important for your teeth to have an even curve, including the curve on the side closest to your tongue as well as the side closest to your lips.
There shouldn’t be any overlap or gaps between all of your teeth. Because of the differences in tooth shape and bone structure between people, even if you have the perfect bite, you may not always have the perfect curves in your teeth.
In addition to improving your smile with properly aligned teeth, you are also reducing your risk of common dental problems, such as tooth decay, enamel wear, and gum disease. To provide you and your smile with the best advice, your specialist orthodontist will examine both the bite and the appearance of your teeth. You can find a specialist orthodontist near you or visit our orthodontist review page for a full breakdown.
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