If you’re less than 110% happy with your smile, then you’re on the right track. You found this page because you’re looking to improve how you feel about yourself. Windy City Orthodontics can help you accomplish exactly that. “But exactly how can orthodontics fix my bite?” you wonder. Our Chicago location has the information you need.
Teeth and Malocclusion
You might not think that a single tooth out of position would be a big deal. But today’s little problem could become tomorrow’s big deal. Misaligned teeth can cause complications with your bite. You might hear Dr. Pakravan refer to problems like these as “malocclusions.” He will use this word to describe how your teeth set when your mouth is closed.
Some examples of malocclusion include:
- Open bite: when you close your mouth, some of your teeth remain open
- Crowded teeth: the teeth don’t have enough space between them, or don’t have room to erupt
- Overbite: the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth too much
- Underbite: when you close your mouth, the lower teeth sets in front of the upper teeth
- Crossbite: parts of the upper and lower teeth intersect and/or overlap
What Happens If I Don’t Fix It?
Improper bites can distort the bones and skin around the mouth and jaw, result in functional deficiencies, or damage to the teeth. As teeth and bones move further into unnatural configurations, you might notice increased pain in your face, head, and neck. Activities that once seemed routine, like brushing and flossing, might become much harder.
What Can Orthodontics Do for Me?
It’s no secret that orthodontics can improve dental health and hygiene. Orthodontic intervention options will slowly realign your teeth over time, giving you the smile that you deserve. But bad bites aren’t just physically uncomfortable. They often cause people psychological distress. Those suffering from malocclusion may express discouragement and a lack of self-confidence.
But did you know that implements like braces can enhance a person’s mental health too? That’s right! Strengthening your smile can strengthen your mental well-being.
Choices and Solutions
Chicago residents can consult Dr. Pakravan at Windy City Orthodontics for anything regarding bad bites. After the doctor evaluates your circumstance, he will suggest one of the following possibilities.
Clear aligners like Invisalign or Spark are likely the most convenient way to address malocclusions. Instead of braces, aligners are like a removable retainer. You can take it out as needed. It’s shaped specifically for your teeth. Better still, it’s clear! No one will know you’re wearing it unless you tell them. Another advantage, you can maintain your same diet and brushing and flossing habits.
As their name implies, these braces are transparent. They provide a discreet solution, without drawing as much attention as their metal variants. You might also hear Dr. Pakravan call these “ceramic,” “tooth-colored,” or “aesthetic.” They’re designed to blend in with your teeth, and thus conform to your special smile. To really make your clear braces pop, you might select some neon-colored ligature ties.
The old-school, original orthodontic appliance. Our team still uses them because they work. And they work well! Modern metal braces are much smaller and more comfortable than the metal braces of the past.
Windy City Orthodontics for the Win
You’ve learned how orthodontics can fix your bite. Now you’re all set to take your first step toward orthodontic wholeness. Go here to schedule a free exam.