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Did you know that you can have a beautiful set of teeth but still have a bad bite? When your upper and lower teeth don’t fit together properly, it is deemed as malocclusion – otherwise known as a “bad bite.” While bad bites aren’t always noticeable when you smile, most patients feel the ramifications on a daily basis. Malocclusion can create eating and speaking challenges as well as cause discomfort within the jaw.

How can you tell if your bite is good or bad?

If you suspect that your bite might be misaligned, you may experience the following:

  • Difficulties Speaking: a misaligned bite can include teeth that are obstructing the normal movement of your tongue, which can lead to pronunciation challenges or a lisp.
  • Difficulty Chewing or Biting: when the teeth don’t come together in a proper manner upon biting down, it can make chewing your food both ineffective and uncomfortable.
  • Difficulty Brushing: when teeth are not evenly spaced and aligned, it can be hard to get your toothbrush and floss on all surfaces and crevices of your smile. Cleaning challenges can mean future oral health problems.
  • Grinding / Clenching: bruxism can be a result of your jaw’s constant attempt to find alignment and balance when a bite is uneven. Eventually you may experience signs of TMD(Temporomandibular joint disorder), such as headaches, jaw pain, ear pain and jaw popping/stiffness.

Perform a Clench Test

If you are still unsure as to whether your bite is “good” or “bad,” you can give yourself the clench test. Bite down naturally and firmly. Now ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do my teeth feel comfortable when I bite? Is there sensitivity on certain teeth?
  • Is there contact between some teeth but not others?
  • Are my bottom front teeth pushing excessively on my front top teeth?

Ask Your Dentist for Help

The easiest way to know if your bite needs correction is to visit your dentist. Some patients have a subtle or slight misalignment that may have developed over time or after orthodontic treatment at an earlier age. Many patients, however, are happy to know that by fixing their bite, they can resolve many of their disruptive symptoms within their jaw.

Fixing your bad bite doesn’t always mean orthodontics. At Crabapple Dental, we can determine if your TMJ problems and bite issues can be resolved with our state-of-the-art K7 jaw tracking device from Myotronics. Custom orthotics made using the K7 Evaluation System provide an effective option for treating migraine headaches and other bad bite symptoms. Call Dr. Sarah Roberts today to learn more!

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123

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Crabapple Dental

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Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123