WHAT IS A DEEP BITE?
Deep bite is a malalignment of your teeth where the upper front teeth come down too far over your bottom front teeth on closing your mouth. In such cases, the upper front teeth almost completely overlap the lower front teeth vertically. In some cases deep bite may be so pronounced that the top edges of the lower teeth dig into the gum on the palate or roof of the mouth, potentially stripping the gums due to constant abrasion. This can be a very serious issue and often leads to loss of the front teeth.
WHAT DOES A DEEP BITE LOOK LIKE?
It is normal for your front bottom teeth to be visible a few millimeters or more. However, if the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth more than 4 mm, with almost no lower teeth visible on closing the mouth, it is known as a deep bite.
WHAT CAUSES DEEP BITE?
Deep bite may be hereditary, genetics being the major factor responsible for this malocclusion. When a person’s lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, there is a tendency to develop a deep bite. Missing teeth or a smaller lower jaw may also cause a deep bite. People who have grinding habits like bruxism or clenching their jaw may develop deep bite due to the constant wearing of their teeth.
IS IT BAD TO HAVE DEEP BITE IN MY TEETH?
Deep bite affects the facial aesthetics of a person but it is most detrimental to the teeth and health of the jaw joints. Deep bite may lead to larger issues to your oral health like sores or ulcers on the roof of your mouth due to stripping of the gum tissue of the palate. Teeth surfaces (front teeth of the lower jaw) get worn off owing to a deep bite. Deep bite also leads to temporomandibular joint disorders causing jaw pain and further damage to your oral health.
WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR
CORRECTING DEEP BITE?
Your orthodontist may recommend a multi-disciplinary treatment plan based on the severity and cause of the deep bite. Apart from an orthodontic treatment using braces, appliances, etc. your teeth may need repair. Clear aligners can be the best option sometimes as they not only correct the malocclusion but also protect the teeth from wearing off.
K Clear aligners enable orthodontic teeth movement with the help of clear tray like appliances, that snugly fit your teeth and have orthodontic forces incorporated into them to correct your crossbite. They are removable, transparent, plastic aligners that need to be switched out every two weeks, as the orthodontist slowly moves your teeth into a better alignment. Apart from being invisible, they are also comfortable as they have no wires poking around. They are removable so can be conveniently removed while eating, and brushing. So you can now enjoy your meal without your braces holding you back. It is easier to keep your teeth clean too unlike
So do not let your doubts cage you (like braces) from smiling wide, instead get K clear aligner treatment and smile fearlessly!