A healthy bite refers to how a person’s upper and lower teeth come together. Ideally, the upper teeth should fit slightly over the lower teeth, and the molars should line up so that the points of each molar fit into the grooves of their counterparts. Why is this important? Bad bite relation is a signifier of temporomandibular joint disorder and can contribute to other issues such as mouth breathing and sleep apnea.
An unhealthy bite, or malocclusion, might look like an overbite or underbite and usually signify improper jaw development. Generally speaking, these are the two most familiar types of improper dental alignment, but there are actually two others.
Bite alignment is affected by several genetic and environmental factors. The most common factors to impact a person’s bite alignment include:
Because an unhealthy bite can contribute to temporomandibular joint disorder, mouth breathing, and sleep apnea, it’s important to have these issues treated as soon as possible. Dr. Wallace offers several treatment options for patients depending on the kind of bite relation they have. Some examples of unhealthy bite relation treatments include:
Dr. Wallace has years of dental experience, from treating service members in the US Navy to everyday patients in South Carolina. Finding a better, more functional bite relation can do wonders for your self-esteem, physical appearance, and functionality of your smile while mitigating the potential for developing a more serious issue such as sleep apnea or TMD. Call to schedule a consultation in Beaufort, SC today by calling our offices at (843) 410-0345 or fill out a form on our contact page.