Arizona Advanced Dental
Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Mesa, AZ
An unbalanced bite isn’t just a cosmetic imperfection: In fact, your poor bite may be linked to frequent tooth injuries, jaw pain, or even poor posture and balance. If you’d like to align your teeth and alleviate pain associated with an improper bite, Donald Clifford, DDS, and Casey Cutler, DDS, at Arizona Advanced Dental in Mesa, Arizona, can scan your teeth to review the forces of your bite and strategize a treatment plan for bite correction. To find out if an unbalanced bite is causing some of your symptoms, call Arizona Advanced Dental or book an appointment online today.
Bite Correction Q & A
What is bite correction?
The way your teeth fit together when you bite down has more of an impact on your oral health and functioning than you might expect. Bite correction, also called occlusion therapy, can correct a variety of issues with your bite and prevent future damage to your teeth and jaw alignment.
At Arizona Advanced Dental, Dr. Clifford and Dr. Cutler begin your bite correction process with a T-Scan™, a digital system that analyzes the forces in your bite, to identify your problem areas and treatment needs.
Using the information from the scan, they may create custom occlusal mouthguards for you to wear at night that stop you from grinding your teeth and worsening your bite issues. They may also recommend braces or Invisalign® for serious alignment issues to fix your bite.
Do I need bite correction?
An unbalanced bite can cause many symptoms and signs, indicating your need for bite correction. You should tell your dentist if you notice:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth involuntarily (bruxism)
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Soreness or sensitivity in your teeth
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain
In addition to these signs, you might realize that your teeth don’t look balanced or properly aligned when you smile. Common issues that you can correct with treatment at Arizona Advanced Dental include:
- Large spaces between your teeth
- Space between your upper and lower row when you bite down
- High canine teeth
Depending on the severity of your misalignment and your symptoms, Dr. Clifford or Dr. Cutler makes a treatment plan for you that meets your most pressing needs.
What are the benefits of bite correction?
Correcting your bite means more than just alleviating some discomfort. Other benefits of bite correction are:
- Clearer speech
- Fewer injuries to your teeth
- Stronger enamel
- A more attractive smile
- Improved confidence
After treatment, biting down feels more comfortable as your teeth seem to fit together better.
Even if you don’t feel pain or discomfort at rest, your unbalanced bite may be compromising your oral health and your teeth’s susceptibility to damage. To find out if you could benefit from bite correction, call Arizona Advanced Dental or book your consultation online today.
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