Most people take for granted the fact that they can chew their food comfortably, except for those who cannot. You might be surprised to know just how intricate the chewing system is. It can’t function properly unless all the parts are working together. The muscles, the jaw joint and the bite have to be in sync. If there is a glitch anywhere in the system it will affect the overall operation.

How do you know where the problem lies? Your bite is the way that your teeth come together when you close your mouth. A few lucky people have what is called in the dental profession a “biologic dental model.” This is the example set of teeth that you see in your dentist’s office. Most of us however, do not have a perfect bite. In fact, there are several conditions that constitute a flawed bite.

An overbite, under-bite or cross-bite come in varying degrees but luckily the chewing system can adapt in most cases. It can also adjust to a few misaligned or overlapping teeth. The trouble comes when a bad bite is severe enough to have caused damage to one or more of the parts of the system. Since there are so many possibilities your dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine the source and make a diagnosis.

Orthodontic treatments are often used to correct a less than perfect bite. Braces aren’t just for kids anymore but the goal is somewhat different for adults than for children. Older patients may have to settle for improvement instead of perfection. More adults are seeking orthodontic treatment however, since there have been so many changes and improvements in the field over the years.

There are now clear alternatives to the unsightly metal braces that we have come to know. Adults who may have been embarrassed to wear the traditional type can now have their teeth straightened or their bite improved with the help of braces that are practically unnoticeable.

Talk to Dr. Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry about any symptoms that may be causing you concern. Call his office @ 509-926-6261.