The ultimate goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite – straight teeth that are neatly aligned and mesh correctly with the teeth on the opposite jaw. This makes it possible to bite, chew and speak properly. The side benefits are the great looks that come with a Spectacular Smile and the better dental health and well-being that come from having a healthier mouth.
A healthy bite is important no matter what the patent’s age. Orthodontists today prefer to have a first consultation with a child by age seven to better evaluate the potential need for treatment. Children and teenagers are still growing, and orthodontic treatment will lead to long-term improvements. Adults whose teeth have shifted over time will benefit in appearance and health from orthodontic treatment.
A bad bite can lead to challenges in speaking, breathing and chewing. Severely bad bites can lead to bad habits that can take a long time to overcome.
Here are some signs that a person may have a bad bite:
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Teeth not fitting smoothly together
- Mouth breathing
- Jaws that make sounds, protrude or are recessed
- Biting the inner cheeks or biting the inner lips
- Difficulty with speech
- Facial asymmetry
- Inability to close lips
If you or your child has any of these problems, call our office at 631-427-8444 to schedule a free consultation.