A deep bite is a common malocclusion, or tooth alignment issue often seen in children and adults. This is when the upper front teeth overlap the bottom front teeth when the back teeth are closed. The lower incisors touch the gum tissue located right behind the upper incisors.
A deep bite may not seem like an orthodontic concern, but this underlying problem must be addressed to prevent future dental and orthodontic problems. Dr. Scott McElroy is a dentist in San Ramon, CA that offers treatment for many orthodontic concerns including deep bites.
Why Fix a Deep Bite?
When the bottom incisors are constantly biting into the roof of your mouth, sores and ulcers may develop. These can be painful and make eating very uncomfortable and difficult. In addition, over-erupted lower incisors can wear down significantly, especially if patients also clench or grind their lower incisors. Excessive wear will lead to damaged teeth and loss of some of the tooth structure.
Some patients suffer from crowded or crooked teeth in addition to a deep bite. However, the deep bite must be corrected first before the crowded and crooked teeth can be aligned. If you have lost a significant amount of tooth structure, Dr. McElroy will need to move the upper incisors and lower incisors apart. This process is often referred to as “opening the bite” and is needed to create space for restoration.
Treatment will entail proper jaw alignment and tooth placement. The upper or lower incisors may be moved or the side and back teeth will be elongated. These treatments will prevent the lower teeth from hitting the roof of the mouth.
How long does it take to correct a deep bite?
In most patients, correcting a deep bite takes between 1.5-2 years. It is corrected faster in children and teens than adults.
What happens if a deep bite is not treated?
If deep bite is not treated then it can lead to functional issues and TMJ. It is best to treat deep bite in children because it prevents future problems and it is more difficult to treat in adults.
Can Invisalign fix a deep bite?
Invisalign can be used to fix a deep bite. Although, it may take longer than using traditional methods such as braces.
Call Our San Ramon Orthodontist Office
Do you need comprehensive orthodontic care for you or your child? Schedule an orthodontic consultation or call (925) 386-2208 for an appointment. We serve patients in Danville, San Ramon, and the surrounding areas. Before every orthodontic treatment, Dr. McElroy provides a thorough consultation and evaluation. He will also examine your teeth, jaw, mouth, and review your dental health in order to find a solution that works best for your specific needs.