Open Bite Treatment by DentAlign NYC
An open bite, also called an anterior open bite, is a type of malocclusion where the front upper and lower teeth project slightly forward, so they don’t come together when the mouth is shut. DentAlign NYC offers Invisalign® for open bites to patients in New York City, NY to fix this issue. Even if your teeth are relatively straight, an open bite can cause issues or lead to other dental problems if not properly addressed. Contact our dental office today to learn more about how Invisalign® treatment can fix an open bite.
What Causes an Open Bite?
Like any dental problem, open bites result from either inherited genes or personal habits that affect the teeth. Fortunately, no matter the cause, Invisalign® services are often an effective treatment to correct the problem. If you do currently have an open bite, it is likely caused by one of these four main factors:
- Thumb or Pacifier Sucking: Sucking on your thumb or a pacifier often causes strain on teeth. Since this habit is usually formed as a young child, bones and teeth are still growing at this stage and can be easily influenced by objects that cause them to move.
- Tongue Pressure: Similar to thumb or pacifier sucking, the pressure put on the front teeth by the tongue during speech or swallowing can lead to an open bite and gaps in teeth.
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD or TMJ): TMJ disorders cause severe jaw pain. Those with TMJ often push their teeth apart with their tongue to place their jaw in a more comfortable position to help alleviate this pain. Doing this repetitively for a period of time can cause an open bite.
- Genetics: People who have jaws that grow apart instead of parallel will end up with an open bite. These skeletal jaw problems are usually the result of genetics.
Minimize the Risks of an Open Bite with Proper Treatment
Whether your open bite is from years of thumb sucking, a speech habit, or genetic inheritance, it can lead to various problems from confidence issues to further dental complications. From an aesthetic standpoint, even with relatively straight teeth, an open bite with a large gap between the upper and lower teeth can be unattractive and lower people’s confidence in their mouth and smile. Teeth that aren’t properly aligned can also interfere with speech and word pronunciation and lead to the development of a lisp. Eating can be difficult with an open bite. The simple act of biting into food can be impossible if the upper and lower teeth can’t come together, forcing people with open bites to tear off pieces from food. Teeth can suffer uneven wear as well. The rear teeth will come together more frequently in an open bite leading to discomfort and possibly fractured teeth.
Fix Your Open Bite with Invisalign® at DentAlign NYC
If you have an open bite, Invisalign® could be an affordable option to correct the problem, improve your confidence, and provide you with a bright smile you can be proud to show off. There are many benefits of Invisalign® over traditional braces or retainers for open bites. The clear plastic trays are a discreet option that provides fantastic results. Often, the cost of Invisalign® is less than braces. Browse our Invisalign® before and after photos to see the results for yourself!
Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign® Clear Aligners
You don’t have to live with an open bite. DentAlign NYC is an Invisalign® Diamond Plus level provider knowledgeable in the proper treatment to fix open bites and other bite issues for patients in New York City, NY. With over 30 years of experience in dentistry, we are an all-inclusive provider that can take care of all any dental need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about Invisalign® to correct your open bite.