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What does an ideal bite look like?

Many patients get referred to Village Orthodontics due to bite-related issues. So today, our orthodontists will discuss what an ideal bite is and what it should look like.

Frontal Perspective of an Ideal Bite

You can achieve a normal, ideal bite when the upper teeth are parallel to the lower lip when smiling. At least half of the bottom teeth should be visible when closed. If none are visible, it is likely an overbite, and this usually requires braces. 

Upper teeth should be wider than the bottom teeth. You can assess teeth from both sides using a small, handheld mirror to examine the top and bottom rows. The curve should be even, including the tongue and lips portions. However, you should note that perfect curves may not always be possible due to individual tooth shapes and bone structure.

Finally, all teeth should be touching, but without overlap or gaps.

Side View of an Ideal Bite

You should also inspect your teeth from the side to check the upper front teeth. If the backs of these teeth rest over the front of your lower teeth, your bite is good. If the upper front teeth rest directly on or behind the front lower teeth, you might have an underbite. 

When the teeth are closed, the top row should fit between the bottom row. If your teeth are not in this position, consider having them checked by an orthodontist.

What an Orthodontist Should be Able to Tell You

Observing your teeth from different positions can help determine if you have proper alignment. However, it can be difficult to determine if your alignment needs any work on your own. 

To help achieve your ideal bite, contact an orthodontist. They should be able to determine if you're a suitable candidate for orthodontics

An orthodontist should have the tools and expertise to offer various treatment options to align your teeth. Some of these options include:

  • Clear Aligners
  • Braces
    • Conventional Braces
    • Translucent Braces
    • Coloured Braces
    • Lingual Braces
    • Self-Litigating Braces
  • Retainers

Are you concerned about the symmetry of your bite? Schedule an appointment in one of Village Orthodontics's many locations to discuss your concerns with one of our orthodontists.

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Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or your child, we have an orthodontist waiting for you at one of our seven locations across Ontario.

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