Whether you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite, braces can help correct it. Having a misaligned bite can put strain on your jaw, which can cause jaw aches and teeth grinding. If you have a serious misalignment issues, traditional wire braces are likely what you will need. Not getting your bite problems fixed could cause further problems.
An overbite is an overlap of the front teeth. And while the severity of the overbite varies, a increased overbite If you have a severe overbite that doesn’t get fixed, you may face problems including:
- Increased chances of fracturing front teeth
- Reduced longevity of cosmetic filling, crowns, and veneers
An underbite is when the upper front teeth are behind the lower front teeth. If left untreated, an underbite can cause issues, including:
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Increased facial aging
- Imbalanced facial appearance.
A crossbite is not common. If your bottom back teeth at closer to your cheeks or teeth than the upper teeth, you may have a crossbite. This can cause problems, including:
- Excessive wear or fracture of teeth
- Asymmetric jaw growth
- Increased gum recession
An open bite is a bite where the top and bottom front teeth do not touch. The problems that correspond with this bite include:
- Difficulty biting
- Speech problems
Each of these bite type could be improved and if left untreated could cause additional problems. This is why braces are necessary when you have a misaligned bite!