“Accepting” misalignments an option, but risks facial asymmetry,TMJDisoders, self-consciousness and speech issues
MILTON, ON: Open-bite conditions are not the most severe orthodontic problems patients seek out Oasis Dental-Milton to address. Principal dentist Dr. Anil Rick Soordhar nevertheless wants Greater Toronto Area patients to know that the potential aesthetic and functional issues they can cause are among the most easily treated his office regularly confronts.
“Unfortunately, an anterior open bite can create a gapped, imperfect smile that causes many adults significant insecurity and diminished confidence. In the more functional sense, an open bite can also cause a distracting lisp that only causes more self consciousness,” Soordhar said. “Here’s the good news: the early-childhood habits (such as thumb sucking) that contribute greatly to their development are very preventable when adjusted early and the malocclusions themselves are easily treatable.”
An open bite refers generally to any gap between the upper and lower teeth when biting down. There are three major types to consider:
The factors creating an anterior open bite are better understood than those that form a posterior malocclusion. Anterior open bites are typically caused by a naturally long face due to bone growth, early-age thumb sucking or prolonged chewing habits, tongue thrust, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, or a possible combination of causes. The posterior open bite is typically attributed to a lateral tongue thrust and causes the back teeth that either don’t erupt at all or only erupt halfway.
Treatment options vary as Dr. Soordhar explained. Patients with milder open bites may choose to forego corrective measures at all, as long as the malocclusions effects aren’t causing particularly severe discomfort or inconvenience. On the other hand, others may opt for braces or functional jaw orthopedics (FJO) to close the gap, though the problem may emerge again later if unhealthy habits that caused the open bite continue.
Treatment options will range in price based on the treatment required.
ABOUT OASIS DENTAL: At Oasis Dental, Dr. Anil Rick Soordhar and Dr. Sunil Vick Soordhar provide a full scope of practice (comprehensive dentistry) for the Milton and surrounding surrounding areas (Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Toronto, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, GTA). We integrate the latest art and science of dentistry for creating healthy smiles optimizing oral and dental health through dual team diagnosis, medical multidisciplinary approach, cutting edge technology, and advance training with world renowned clinicians.
CONTACT: Dr. Anil Rick Soordhar, B.Sc., DDS, DABCP*, DFAACP*, FAACP*, AFAAID*
OASIS DENTAL – MILTON
9030 Derry Rd, Milton, ON L9T 7H9, Canada
1 (905) 876-2747