A View From the Front
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.
A View From the Side
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
- Conventional Braces
- Translucent Braces
- Coloured Braces
- Lingual Braces
- Self-Litigating Braces