Bad Bites
Treatment And Cures

Now that we know what causes crooked or misaligned teeth, lets examine the ways in which an orthodontist or pediatric dentist can treat a bad bite.  First, several tools are used to make a diagnosis.  X-rays show where the teeth are positioned and if any more teeth have yet to come through. Special x-rays that show the relationships of the teeth to the jaws and the jaws to the head may also be ordered.  These are taken from 360 degrees around the head. Your dentist may also take regular pictures of your face to help him or her to better understand how everything fits together.  Also, your dentist may make an impression of your teeth by having you bite down on a soft material that, when hardened, can be used to make an exact copy of your teeth.

Preventative Orthodontic Treatment

Preventative orthodontic treatment is intended to prevent a bad bite in the otherwise normal mouth of a child. The aim is to provide enough space for permanent teeth to come in. To this end, a space maintainer may be required to hold the space of a baby tooth that was lost too early. A space maintainer is an orthodontic device consisting of a fixed wire put between teeth. Baby teeth may also have to be removed if they don’t come out on their own.

Interceptive Treatment Therapy

Interceptive treatment therapy may be recommended to influence facial growth, help teeth to grow in better and help to prevent more serious problems from developing. Here, the goal is to ease the seriousness of a developing problem and eliminate the cause, thus reducing the length of any later treatment that may be required. This kind of treatment includes correcting bad habits like thumb-sucking, guiding permanent teeth into correct positions through tooth removal or tooth size adjustment and gaining or holding a space for a permanent tooth. Sometimes, a patient requires more than one phase of interceptive orthodontic treatment.

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is carried out to adjust the alignment of teeth. Depending on the nature of the problem, treatment may involve one or more phases. In rare cases, when there is a severe over- or under-bite, surgery will be necessary.  But, in most cases, braces or removable appliances are used to correct the problem.

Learn more about the types and causes of bad bites.


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