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How Does My Bite Affect My Teeth?

November 3, 2021

How Bite Adjustment Can Improve Your Overall Dental Health

In dentistry, your bite refers to the way that your teeth come together. Also known as occlusion, it’s one of the most important aspects of dental health. If you have an irregular bite, you may require bite adjustment with an orthodontic treatment like Invisalign.

Understanding how your bite affects your teeth will help you to make the right decisions relating to your dental health. Here are some important points to consider as you book a consultation with the best dentist in NYC.

Bite Adjustment Ensures Correct Occlusion

In the ideal bite, jaws and teeth are matched in size and shape. Teeth are aligned when they come together, ensuring that you can chew and speak properly. The jaw will remain in a natural position without excessive stress. Teeth will be protected because they will come together with opposing cusps that suit the grooves on top and bottom.

If your bite is misaligned, bite adjustment can correct this. Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or even braces will gradually bring your teeth into position so that everything fits perfectly, with reduced risk of stress or damage to teeth.

You Could Develop TMJ Without Orthodontic Treatment

Many people think of orthodontic treatment in a cosmetic sense. Sure, orthodontics will align your teeth and improve the look of your smile, but there are functional benefits to consider too.

By aligning teeth, you’ll be projected from TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). This condition can be incredibly painful and can progress over time, making it difficult to talk, chew, and enjoy a high quality of life.

Bite Adjustment Can Prevent Gum Disease

When teeth aren’t properly aligned, there are more pockets where particles from your food can accumulate. Plaque and bacterial buildup will increase, which heightens the risk of gum disease and cavities.

Seeing your dentist in NYC for orthodontic treatment or even treatment of a missing tooth can protect the natural position of your bite and reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities.

Migraines Are Common When You Need Orthodontic Treatment

If your bite isn’t aligned, the stress on your jaw can lead to cramping and migraines. Some patients suffer from chronic migraines and discomfort around the neck and jaw. Your oral health is one of the most important aspects of your overall health. You can have orthodontic and restorative treatment to maintain your bite and prevent migraines and other related symptoms of bite misalignment.

Misalignment Can Lead to Severe Tooth Damage

Damage will occur over time when your teeth don’t align and come together properly. A misaligned bite will wear down the enamel on your teeth over time, increasing the risk of cavities. Pressure can also damage the soft tissue below teeth, leading to infection and decay. In extreme cases, misalignment can cause cracks in teeth, as well as increased sensitivity.

If you feel that your bite is irregular, if you have a noticeable over or underbite, or if you have difficulty chewing and speaking, it’s time to book a consultation at Dental Implant Center NYC.

Missing Teeth Should Be Treated Immediately by Your Dentist in NYC

If you have lost a tooth from trauma or decay, you must seek restorative treatment with your dentist in NYC. Teeth work together and they can move around when a space is left. A missing tooth causes the surrounding teeth to move towards the gap, and other teeth in the mouth will follow. This creates a compounding problem all across the ridge and with opposing teeth, leading to misalignment over time.

You can get effective replacement treatments with crowns, dentures, or implants at Dental Implant Center NYC. Immediate treatment for tooth loss with your dentist in NYC can prevent the need for extensive bite adjustment.

Invisalign is a Cost-Efficient Option

In the past, braces were the primary solution used to realign teeth. While braces are still necessary in some cases, Invisalign is an alternative orthodontic treatment available with your dentist in NYC.

Invisalign involves wearing a synthetic dental aligner that is custom-formed to perfectly fit your teeth. Similar to a custom mouth-guard but much more comfortable, Invisalign treatment works over several months to gradually move your teeth into position and improve your bite.

Invisalign is difficult to see (hence the name), which can give you confidence while undergoing treatment. You’ll only need to remove the clear aligner when eating and drinking.

You can find out if Invisalign treatment is right for you by booking your appointment at Dental Implant Center NYC today.

Visit Dr. Condos at Dental Implant Center NYC

Dr. Spiro Condos is respected throughout New York and around the world for his work as both an educator and clinician. You can get orthodontic treatment for your bite at Dental Implant Center NYC. Dr. Condos can treat an extensive range of dental problems from cosmetic issues to missing teeth, infections, decay, and more.

Your bite matters. Ensure yours is supportive of your dental health and contact Dental Implant Center NYC for bite adjustment today.