Is your bite normal? It might seem like an odd question, but finding out the answer could help you solve multiple issues you may be experiencing. Getting the answer may also lead to finding out how to get braces or simply just getting a single tooth alignment to help get your mouth back to feeling normal.
We break down some of the key symptoms or signs you may be experiencing that may be indications of a misaligned or not normal bite.
You Have Difficulty Speaking and/or Enunciating
If your jaw is not aligned properly, this can cause issues such as impeding speech. What usually happens is that the positioning of your teeth obstruct your tongue from moving naturally which causes issues such as a lisp or having a hard time enunciating words.
Talk to your dentist about what treatment options are available to you to deal with this.
Chewing Food Causes Pain or Discomfort
Chewing your food should never be painful. People who have a bad bite or a jaw misalignment will place pressure on unnatural places that cause discomfort when chewing.
Usually, this is due to issues like crossbites, overbites, underbites, and open bites (all of which can be treated). Because of the unnatural position of pressure on areas of the mouth that don’t normally have pressure placed on them, this can cause pain over time if left untreated.
You Can’t Quite Brush All of Your Teeth
Sometimes, jaw misalignment causes issues when brushing your teeth. This could show up in the form of cavities and other dental issues if you’re not able to get at all the areas you’re brushing or flossing due to how your teeth are situated in your mouth.
Make sure to mention to your dentist if you’re having these issues as they can offer treatment options like getting braces.
You Grind or Clench Your Teeth at Night
While grinding or clenching your teeth at night could be related to stress or anxiety, if it’s a recurring issue it could be due to a bad bite. An uneven jaw could unintentionally be causing you to clench or grind your teeth at night making you wake up with an aching jaw in the morning.
Because your jaw muscles are trying to compensate for the lack of alignment they grind against each other to fit together in a natural position.
In less severe cases, treatment for grinding or clenching may just mean that you need a nightguard to wear on your teeth at night.
How to Get Braces to Resolve a Bad Bite
Depending on your mouth, a dentist may be able to solve some of the above issues without additional treatment. But how do you get braces if you need them?
The most common way to get braces is through the referral of your dentist. They will give you the appropriate paperwork and documentation you need to visit an orthodontist to get set up.
However, you can always request a copy of your most recent mouth x-rays and set up an appointment with an orthodontist yourself if you prefer to do so independently.
In your first appointment with the orthodontist, they will inspect your mouth and inform you what orthodontic treatment they would recommend (if any). They will inspect your dental x-rays and may make a mould of your teeth to better determine the kind of treatment your need.
Depending on your mouth, they may determine braces are an unnecessary expense and other treatment would be more valuable. Your orthodontist may recommend oral surgery instead or other options like Invisalign that could be a better alternative instead.
While having a bad bite is frustrating and often painful, understand that there are plenty of options available to treat it to get your best smile possible.