LIKE COGS ON A WHEEL, teeth are made to fit together. With a good bite (occlusion), you can eat your food with the fewest chewing strokes possible. Your food is mashed by your teeth and when soft enough to swallow, you swallow it. This is how you eat.
If your upper and lower back teeth have spaces between them when you bite, you take longer to chew your food.
A Misaligned Bite Can Create Numerous Problems
This bite is called a Class II malocclusion (mal=bad, occlusion=bite). The upper teeth here are 5 millimeters forward of where they should meet the lower teeth giving the appearance of open black spaces. Teeth that only meet at the tips (cusps) wear flat. Tooth wear will create tooth sensitivity to heat and cold.
When upper and lower midlines are not centered, your bite is not healthy. It is a sign that your bite is off.
Effective Orthodontic Treatment Is About More Than Straight Teeth
Front teeth may look straight, but you may still have a destructive unhealthy bite. This is why orthodontics is more than six straight front teeth. It is important to be examined and treated by an orthodontist for the healthiest bite possible.
Orthodontic Rubber Bands Help Us Correct Malocclusion
Front to back bite correction is made with orthodontic rubber bands. These rubber bands move upper and lower teeth towards each other 1 millimeter per month and make the tooth tips fit properly. You need to wear your rubber bands 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to complete your orthodontic treatment as fast as possible.
This treatment took 23 months. Two years is often the treatment time needed for a healthy bite result produced by an orthodontist.
This Case Was Treated At Gorczyca Orthodontics
This case was treated by Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch California. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary exam to find out if your bite is right.
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