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Perfect Bite: What Is It & How it Looks

Are you curious about the concept of the perfect bite and how it should look? Our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics explain what teeth should touch when biting and how orthodontists can help you achieve it.

What is Considered to be a Perfect Bite?

A perfect bite is one where the upper and lower teeth align properly when the jaw is closed. This alignment allows for even distribution of pressure during chewing and prevents issues such as jaw pain or uneven wear on the teeth.

From a front perspective, the upper teeth should be parallel to the lower lip when smiling, and at least half of the bottom teeth should be visible when closed. If the bottom teeth hit the back of the top teeth, it is likely an overbite, and this usually requires braces. All teeth should also be touching, but without overlap or gaps.

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.

Finally, a crossbite occurs when some of the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth rather than outside. This can lead to tooth wear and jaw pain if left untreated.

How Can Orthodontists Fix an Overbite?

An overbite, also known as a deep bite, occurs when the upper front teeth cover 70-100% of the lower incisors while your jaw is closed. 

Orthodontists can fix an overbite by using braces or clear aligners to gradually shift the teeth into the correct position. In severe cases, orthodontists may also recommend jaw surgery to correct the alignment of the upper and lower jaws. 

How Can Orthodontists Fix an Underbite?

An underbite is a dental condition where the lower front teeth are in front of the upper front teeth when your jaw is closed and the upper teeth are not visible. This can give an appearance of a jaw protruding out from the mouth.

Much like overbites, orthodontists can fix an underbite by using braces or clear aligners. In some cases, surgery may be required to correct severe underbites that cannot be fully addressed with orthodontic treatment.

How Can Orthodontists Fix a Crossbite?

A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth when the jaw is closed. Orthodontists can, again, fix a crossbite by using braces or clear aligners to shift the teeth into the correct position. In some cases, a palate expander may be used to widen the upper jaw to correct the crossbite.

Do People Need to Have a Perfect Bite?

Having a perfect bite may not be the goal for everyone. However, having a good bite will promote clear speech, reduce discomfort related to misalignment and eliminate unnecessary wear-and-tear on your teeth. For individuals with certain dental or jaw conditions, such as the ones listed above, achieving a perfect bite may be important for their overall oral health and comfort.

Does the position of your teeth cause jaw pain or issues with chewing? Contact one of our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for orthodontic treatment. We have seven locations across Southern Ontario to better serve you.

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