Non-Surgical Bite Restoration

A bad bite, also known as malocclusion, occurs when the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together correctly. This can happen as teeth develop or may result from childhood habits such as thumb-sucking. Regardless of the reason, it’s vital to correct malocclusion to prevent complications to your oral health, as properly aligned teeth are necessary for them to perform crucial functions. At Spalding Green Dental Health in Nashville, Tennessee, we offer non-surgical bite restoration options that can correct various malocclusions.

How Bad Bites are Diagnosed

A bad bite is typically discovered during routine dental exams. During these exams, X-rays are often taken to evaluate the alignment of the teeth. If we identify a malocclusion, we classify it based on its type. The various types of bad bites are:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overcrowded

Non-Surgical Bite Restoration

There are several options for correcting a bad bite without surgery. While some severe cases may require surgery, the vast majority can be corrected with one of the following non-surgical treatments:

  • Expanders – These devices help widen the jaw to give space for permanent teeth to grow normally. Expanders look like retainers and are tightened with a screw that will gradually spread the bite.
  •  Orthodontics – Orthodontics can correct the positioning of the teeth. Invisalign is a clear, discreet, and predictable way to reposition teeth and improve the bite.
  • Nightguards – If you have bruxism or night grinding and clenching, you can wear these custom-fabricated mouthpieces while you sleep to reduce wear and tear on the teeth that can lead to a bad bite.
  • Reconstruction – Replacing or repairing damaged dental work or teeth that are cracked or worn down can help ensure teeth are the size and shape they should be.

Learn More About Non-Surgical Bite Correction Today

Even as an adult, your teeth can continue to move and shift over time. Maintaining routine dental visits allows us to monitor the health of your bite and correct any issues early before they cause further damage. If you are in the Nashville, Tennessee area, call Spalding Green Dental Health today at (615) 209-9321