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Open bite treatment

 

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If you have teeth like this and keep spitting on people while talking, then please call us today! 

 


CASE OF THE MONTH  " May 2018" 

Open bite non surgical correction
This patient had braces before and was told surgery was the only option to correct her bite. Dr. Kanaan treated this case WITHOUT surgery using mini implants. 2017 copy right

When the top teeth don't touch the bottom ones, then we have an open bite case. The easiest way to check if you have an open bite or not is to try to hold a piece of paper with your front teeth.

What causes open bite?

Usually teeth have the tendency to touch each other. If an open bite exists, that means something is interfering between the top and bottom teeth preventing them from meeting. The most common cause in children is thumb sucking and in adult is tongue thrust. Also, other habits might contribute to open bite such as pen biting and pipe smoking.

Open bite from Tongue
Watch how tongue is resting on the front teeth causing open bite. Case treated 2012 by Dr. Kanaan
Open bite form the tongue
Open bite case from tongue thrusting  and mouth breathing treated by Dr. Kanaan using braces and expansion.

What are the consequences of open bite?

Beside of the non-cosmetic appearance, open bite can greatly affect how you pronounce certain letters such as "t,z and th". Certain cases require speech therapy in conjunction with braces.

How to treat an open bite?

Treating an open bite has two folds:

1- Elimination the cause; no more thumb sucking or tongue thrust.

2- Putting braces to move teeth to their proper position.

How to maintained my corrected open bite?

The secret is to keep your tongue away but using a special small tongue spikes.  here is a testimonial from a patient who got braces before. 

It is very important to wear your retainers and eliminate any habits that can contribute to bring back your open bite.

 

How maintain the corrected open bite closed? we need to keep the bad habits away and wear reatiners. Keeping the tongue spikes is the golden secret for the long term success. Here the is the patient two years after completing the orthodontic treatment

Can we correct this case without surgery? 

Open bite case
This case is still cooking, please click on the link for the progress article