The placement of our teeth have strong roles to play in our orthodontic health. When our teeth are not in the right position, they affect how we chew or eat, and may eventually cause oral health issues. The word bite describes the placement of our teeth. The misalignment of our teeth can result in dental issues called overbites and underbites.

What is an Overbite?

Usually, the teeth on the upper jaw extends a little over the ones below, but a pronounced overlap results in an overbite. Oftentimes, patients inherit overbites through genetic traits such as the jaw shape. Bad oral habits such as teeth grinding, undue nail biting, sucking on the thumb or pacifiers way past the age of three, are major causes of overbites. An overbite raises oral issues that require attention. When ignored, it can cause serious gum irritation, discomfort when a patient chews or eats, and even jaw pain. Overbites impede clear speech production, and could also pose difficulties for opening and closing the mouth.

What is an Underbite?

Diversely, an underbite is a bite defect that occurs when the teeth on the lower jaw extends irregularly against the upper jaw teeth. When an underbite is slight, our professionals may need to use an x-ray to assess its degree. Most underbites are hereditary, and can also be as a result of injuries or some bad oral habits. Treating underbites early, may help to eliminate the discomfort they cause when you eat. Underbites also cause the teeth to chip, break or crack, as they are constantly grinding against the other teeth. More severe issues that underbites can cause are sleep apnea, heavy and disruptive snoring, and also chronic bad breath. Early treatment of overbites and underbites is best to prevent future oral complications. Our professionals have the necessary expertise to correct bite misalignments. Reach out to us today to get more information about your bite.