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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


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

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Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

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!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123