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22 Medical Park Drive, Suite C
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
828-274-2500

Open Bite Malocclusion

An open bite is an oral condition wherein the upper front teeth do not make contact with the lower teeth when the jaw is closed.  As a result, it creates a visual illusion that the mouth is never closed, showcasing the openness in-between the teeth.  Open bites are typically not a common condition, but they do exist.  For some, the concern is purely aesthetic, but others may experience trouble biting, chewing, or eating certain foods, as well as problems with speech or other functions of the teeth and mouth.

Dr. Jeffrey Roeder encourages assessment of open bites because the severity of the condition can have additional impacts on the function and pressure of the joints of the jaw.  If there is too much pressure, or tension on neuromuscular structure, strain, headaches, or pain in the region can result.

What are the causes of an open bite?

 There are several factors which can continue to an open bite:

  • Thumb sucking – the force of suction and pressure causes front tooth movement
  • Tongue thrusting – the repeated force of the tongue applying pressure to the back of the front teeth creates open bite
  • Speech conditions – like lisping can contribute to open bite
  • Jaw alignment – if the top and bottom jaw aren’t aligned, the bite can be misaligned
  • Genetics – lineage plays a large role in the development of physical characteristics

In most cases, Dr. Roeder treats open bites with traditional orthodontic options.  In moderate to severe cases, there may be additional steps to treatment, including jaw surgery.  If surgery is needed to correct the condition, Dr. Roeder and his team will work closely with an oral surgery specialist to coordinate and ensure comprehensive care.  Read more about how Roeder Orthodontics works closely with other dental and medical specialists for a multi-disciplinarily approach.

For questions about orthodontic treatment options, call us at 828-274-2500 or send us a message to schedule a complimentary consultation.  We’ll perform an examination, and look at all the options, including cost and treatment time estimates for orthodontic treatment at our office in Asheville.

The far reaching benefits of straight teeth

If someone told you that you could improve your heart’s health, boost your self-esteem and happiness, and lower your risk of headaches all by having straight teeth…would you believe them?  If you said no – rethink your answer. These ailments, along with numerous others, are in some cases directly related to the positioning of your teeth.

Benefits of straight teeth include:

  • Easier to floss

Straight teeth allow for easier flossing which keeps gums healthier and less prone to infection and swelling. Regular flossing is connected to improved cardiovascular health.

  • Easier to clean

Teeth that are straight are easier to brush and clean professionally. Clean teeth prevent bad breath and other unfavorable conditions like plaque and tartar buildup.

  • Easier to chew and bite comfortably

By aligning the teeth, there is an improved distribution of force and wear patterns on front teeth and molars. Misaligned teeth can cause jaw tension and headaches, and orthodontics can correct the alignment and relieve tension.

  • Increased self-confidence

No longer do people have to hide their smile because of teeth misalignment. Individuals who have had orthodontic treatment feel confident to show their smile and without fear of judgment.

  • Reduces risk for expensive restorative dental procedures in the future

Because teeth are easier to clean and maintain, and the bite is properly aligned, teeth and associated supporting structures are less likely to break or prematurely age.

If you were not lucky enough to be born with straight teeth you are not alone.  Dr. Roeder serves patients in and around Asheville, NC and has over 20 years of experience helping adults, teens and children with their orthodontic needs.

After completing a thorough initial examination and assessment, Dr. Roeder will create a treatment plan tailored to your specific circumstances and goals

Come visit our office at 22 Medical Park Drive, Suite C, in Asheville for your free consultation.  We’ll review all your options and costs to ensure there are no surprises during treatment.  Call Roeder Orthodontics at 828-274-2500 or visit our website.  We look forward to hearing from you.