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So, an ideal bite. While it’s easy for some people to identify when they may need to have their teeth straightened, there are also times when it can be difficult to do so. Small issues pertaining to a misaligned bite or crooked teeth can be tricky to spot unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. In order to fully understand what a perfect bite should look like, you’ll need to look at your teeth from several different angles.
What An Ideal Bite Should Look Like
When you’re trying to determine what an ideal bite should look like, it’s important that you take a look at your teeth from the front. From the side, and from the bottom. These angles will give you a clearer idea of what issues are currently going on with the straightness of your teeth.
From the Front
The front view of your teeth is the main view you see each time you glance in the mirror. Which means that this should be the first view you look at. The edges of your upper row of teeth should be positioned directly over your lower lip when your bite is closed. When your upper teeth are shorter than they’re supposed to be, not enough of your teeth will be shown, which has a tendency to make a person appear older than they actually are. Lengthier upper teeth can also be problematic. As it can cause a large amount of your gum tissue to show whenever you smile.
When your teeth are closed, looking at the front view can also help you identify the presence of certain orthodontic problems. For instance, if the upper and lower portions of your front teeth cross one another when closed, this means that you likely suffer from a cross-bite. If the upper row of teeth doesn’t cover your lower teeth, it’s possible that you’re affected by an open bite. The only way to correct most of these issues is by using some type of orthodontic teeth straightening solution.
From the Side
The side view of your teeth should have the points of each top tooth resting within the gap between two of your lower teeth when your bite is closed. In general, your bite must close without experiencing any obstacles or issues that leave your bite slightly open. If your upper teeth are draped over the bottom ones, it’s likely that you’re suffering from an overbite. When the bottom teeth are positioned over your top teeth, this is referred to as an underbite. All of these issues can be fixed by one of our expert orthodontists here at Tisseront Orthodontics.
From the Bottom
You can examine your lower row of teeth when looking at the mirror by opening your mouth and glancing down at your bottom teeth. These teeth should all follow a standard curve without any notable deviations. Which means that spacing and overlapping issues should be nonexistent. If you notice any of these issues, it’s likely that you’re suffering from widely spaced teeth or crooked teeth. No matter the issue, treatments like Invisalign can help you correct the problem.
How to Achieve An Ideal Bite
Once you’ve taken a look at your bite, there are a variety of treatment options that you can select from if the bite isn’t where you want it to be. The main teeth straightening solutions that you should consider include braces and Invisalign. Both of which are highly effective at correcting a large number of different orthodontic problems. Some of these problems include crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, underbites, overbites, and widely spaced teeth. Metallic braces are connected to your teeth via wires and brackets, the latter of which are permanently glued to your teeth until the treatment has concluded. This solution is able to correct even more severe orthodontic problems that other treatments are unable to fix.
As for Invisalign, this highly popular treatment provides you with the ability to wear clear aligner trays. These are fitted over the lower and upper portions of your teeth. Since the trays are clear, they are practically invisible. Which means that you’ll be able to have your teeth straightened without the frustrating aesthetic issues that come with other treatment options. The clear aligners can also be removed for eating or brushing your teeth.
Some additional treatment options that you can obtain from our expert orthodontist include retainers and lingual braces. The latter of which are unique in that they are placed behind the teeth during treatment. A retainer is commonly used after you’ve had your teeth straightened. This is to ensure that they remain in place and don’t slide back to their old positions. All of these options will straighten your teeth and provide you with the perfect bite.
How to Obtain a Beautiful Smile
Having an ideal bite isn’t enough if you want to have a beautiful smile. It’s important that you combine your efforts to obtain a good bite with proper oral health routine. A good bite doesn’t mean much if your teeth are yellowed or stained. As such, there are some standard oral care techniques that you should perform regularly. For one, it’s important that you brush your teeth at least twice every day in order to prevent staining and plaque buildup.
You should also floss your teeth once per day and consider using mouthwash from time to time. If you want to keep your teeth white and sparkly, make sure that your toothpaste includes fluoride as an ingredient. You also want to limit your sugar intake. And reduce the amount of fruit juices and soft drinks that you consume. If you follow each of these oral care tips, your perfect bite will be accompanied by a beautiful smile.
If you find that your bite isn’t as good as you want it to be, get in touch with our expert orthodontist Dr. Tisseront today. So that we can schedule your first consultation and help you determine which treatment is right for your needs.
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After attending the University of Paris VII School of Dentistry in Paris, France for both my undergraduate education and my Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree, I continued on to the prestigious Orthodontic Program at Oregon Health Sciences University’s School of Dentistry in Portland, Oregon. During this three year comprehensive Orthodontic Graduate Program, I earned my Master of Science Degree in Orthodontics.
I participate in regular continuing education to keep abreast of the latest techniques in orthodontics available today. My bio-mechanics background coupled with my passion for orthodontics is a winning combination for all of my patients. Participating in classes and seminars allows me to stay current with all of the latest trends in orthodontics to pass on to my patients!