Open Bite: What It Is and How It’s Fixed

Many people have upper and lower teeth that come together in a way that leaves space between the two sets of teeth when the bite is closed. This condition is commonly called an open bite or malocclusion. An open bite is often the result of childhood habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting which involves pushing the tongue through the upper and lower teeth. An open bite can also occur as a result of problems with the jaw bones or the way baby teeth may interact with adult teeth. Other reasons include the use of an improper bottle or pacifier. Fortunately, Dr. Vaysman, Dr. Basir, and Dr. Jahn’Shahi understand the problems that open bites can create and can help guide patients to solutions to fix this problem.

The Solutions

There are a wide variety of ways that an open bite can be resolved. However, the methods are usually dependent on what the open bite resulted from. If the open bite is the result of problems with the jaw bone, surgery is the most common solution. Some overbites even resolve on their own if they are the result of both baby and adult teeth that don’t align. As more adult teeth grown in, it is not uncommon for a malocclusion to correct itself. However, sometimes braces or other orthodontic measures may be required to correct an open bite. The solution is always specifically tied to the unique reasons why a malocclusion occurs. As a result, your New York, NY orthodontists work with patients to come up with the best solutions for their particular situation. Upper East Side Orthodontics will help you explore all of your options and come up with the best methods to correct your bite.