Andrew Carnegie once said: “My smile is worth a million dollars.” He wasn’t considering selling his smile, but he understood its value and you should too.
Malocclusion (bad bite) is a result of several factors: genetics, teeth crowding and teeth decay, among others. But no matter the reason, the good news is, help is readily available and affordable.
Deep bite treatments are no longer invasive, painful and expensive. You can choose from many different deep bite correction techniques.
Show off your smile with confidence. Learn how to fix your deep bite in this treatment guide!
What Is a Deep Bite?
Deep bite syndrome occurs when the upper front teeth almost completely overlap the lower front teeth. Of all bite disorders, it causes the most damage to the teeth and the health of the jaw joints.
Deep bites can damage facial aesthetics. They can also cause a bell shape of the lower dental arch, causing the lower front teeth to rise higher than the lower rear teeth.
Correcting deep bite syndrome not only improves jaw functionality and aesthetics, but it also makes brushing and flossing more accessible. In turn, this improves your overall dental health and hygiene.
Types of Deep Bite Treatment
Restorative dentistry and orthodontics are most commonly used to treat deep bites, but multiple fields may be required. A few examples of deep bite treatment include:
- Hidden braces
- Conventional braces
- Clear braces
- Removable Inman Aligners
- Clear aligners (e.g., Invisalign©)
The upper back and lower front teeth often wear down from deep bite syndrome. In this case, it’s common to supplement treatment with bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns and the use of a Dahl appliance. In some cases, all the teeth require composite bonding.
Missing back teeth exacerbate deep bite syndrome and often require the use of dental implants. Severe cases require orthognathic surgery. The type of treatment a patient needs will depend on their circumstances and diagnosis.
Cost of Deep Bite Treatment
The cost of deep bite treatment will always depend on a case-by-case basis. Invisalign is the least invasive form.
Deep bite treatment costs more depending on the number of methods the patient needs, i.e., the patient requires dental implants and braces.
Deep Bite Recovery
Orthognathic surgery patients must rest for one to two weeks post-surgery before returning to school or work. However, the initial healing period takes four to six weeks.
During this time, the patient must avoid high impact cardio, strenuous physical activity, or activities that raise one’s blood pressure. Full recovery usually takes 9-12 months, but can be shorter depending on how the patient responds.
Other methods, such as a fixed acrylic bite plan anchor, can cause speech impediments. Impaired speech is a temporary side effect, and the patient’s speech patterns usually adjust within one to two weeks.
Find out If Deep Bite Treatment Is for You
If you or someone you know struggles to smile free when they walk out the door, suffer no more! Find out what deep bite treatment works best for you and show off those straight, pearly whites.
Call Shields Dental Clinic to set up your appointment today!