A bite adjustment is when an orthodontist adjusts a patient’s jaw using orthodontic appliances, such as a retainer or braces. It’s usually performed after teeth have moved into their proper position, but minor shifts have occurred over time. If you’re experiencing problems with your bite, our dentist may recommend a bite adjustment. It’s typically a quick procedure and takes a few minutes to complete. Talk to our dentist in The Woodlands, TX at Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands to learn more about this standard treatment! It also helps to address issues like TMJ disorder, which can cause pain in the jaw joint and surrounding areas.
What Happens During a Bite Adjustment Procedure?
During a bite adjustment, the dentist or orthodontist will measure the patient’s teeth and evaluate how the upper and lower jaws come together. The dentist may also use X-rays and computer imaging to examine the jaw joint to see if there are any abnormalities present. Once this process is complete, the dentist will create a treatment plan to restore a patient’s ability to chew and speak correctly. Treatment plans may include one of the following:
Braces are the most common approach to correcting an overbite or underbite. Traditional metal braces gently reposition the teeth over time to create an improved appearance. Invisalign® clear aligners are also a good option for patients who want a discreet way to straighten their teeth, while patients looking for faster results may opt for Six Month Smiles®, which straightens teeth in about six months.
Some patients may undergo orthognathic surgery to correct their overbites or underbites. This operation requires oral surgery to correct TMJ discrepancies that may be causing misalignment issues when biting down. Orthognathic surgery is typically reserved for patients with skeletal and severe bite problems that cannot be addressed with orthodontics alone.
The Benefits of a Dental Bite Adjustment
There are many benefits associated with receiving a bite or occlusal adjustment. First, it will eliminate pain or discomfort from your misaligned bite. It can also improve how you eat and speak, chew your food, and clench your teeth together. A bite adjustment can also be beneficial if you have a temporomandibular joint disorder, as the misalignment of your jaw can cause additional tension on this particular joint. Lastly, getting this treatment done can improve your confidence and self-esteem, as you’ll be able to smile with ease and not be embarrassed about the appearance of your smile.
If you have questions about bite adjustments or think you could benefit from one, contact us to schedule an appointment today. For the best dental care, visit Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands at 3117 College Park Dr #230, The Woodlands, TX, or call (936) 231-8937.