What is an open bite?

An anterior open bite is a dental condition in which the upper and lower front teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed. This can occur due to various factors such as genetics, habits such as thumb sucking or prolonged pacifier use, or an abnormal bite relationship. Open bites can have a significant impact on a person's oral health and function. It can cause difficulty with biting and chewing, leading to issues with digestion. An open bite can also affect a person's speech and lead to problems with enunciation.

Correcting an anterior open bite with orthodontic treatment is important for both functional and aesthetic reasons. Orthodontic treatment can help to realign the teeth and jaw to create a proper bite relationship and improve oral function. There are several different treatment options for correcting an open bite. The most common approach is to use braces or clear aligners in conjunction with rubber band elastics to move the teeth into the correct position. In some cases, temporary anchorage devices (TAD's) or other appliance may be used to help guide the teeth into the correct position. Myofunctional therapy is also sometimes advised if the patients diagnosis requires it. Dr. Hood & Dr. Carr will make the proper diagnosis and write any appropriate referrals.

In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the underlying cause of the open bite. This could involve jaw surgery to realign the jaw or to remove excess bone or gum tissue.

The specific treatment plan for correcting an anterior open bite will depend on the individual patient's needs and the severity of their condition. It is important to work closely with an orthodontist to determine the best course of action.

Overall, correcting an anterior open bite with orthodontic treatment is essential for improving oral function and addressing any potential aesthetic concerns. By working with an orthodontist, patients can achieve a healthy and functional bite, leading to improved oral health and overall quality of life.

NOTE: The author, Dr. Graydon Carr, is a board-certified orthodontist who is in the private practice of orthodontics in Chico, California with his partner Dr. B. Scott Hood. Dr. Graydon Carr was trained at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas School of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. Graydon Carr & Dr. B. Scott Hood’s are experts in two-phase treatment, extraction and non-extraction therapy, functional orthodontics, clear aligners (Invisalign), and multiple bracket systems. This blog is for informational purposes only and is designed to help consumers understand currently accepted orthodontic concepts. It is not a venue for debating alternative treatment theories. Dr. B. Scott Hood & Dr. Graydon Carr are licensed to diagnose and treat patients in the state of California. They cannot diagnose cases described in comments nor can they select treatment plans for readers. The opinions expressed here are protected by copyright laws and can only be used with written permission from the author.