Do You Have A Healthy Bite?

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Toronto is a lively and busy city that attracts people from all over the globe. Unfortunately, all these people don’t speak the language, meaning that sometimes it be hard to understand each other, especially when they go seeking one sort of dental attention or another. This is where a dentist who can speak many languages comes in. Quite a number of these patients are referred to dentists because their ‘bite is off’. Many a times, they arrive at the dentist’s office confused because they are already happy with the appearance of their smile. By viewing a bite from several different views, a dentist can be able to tell if yours is ideal or not.

The front view

The front view is what a patient first see when he or she looks in the mirror. In an ideal situation, the edges of the upper front teeth should be parallel to the top of the lower lip. In situations where the upper teeth are too long, the patient shows too much gum tissue when he or she smiles. Where they are too short, then the patient won’t show enough enamel when he or she smiles. In fact, he or she will look toothless or prematurely old.

With teeth closed together, around two thirds of the length of the bottom teeth should be visible. In situations where the upper incisors are covering too much of the lower teeth, then this is referred to as a deep bite. An open bite on the other hand is where the upper teeth do not overlap the lower ones sufficiently. The upper arch should be somewhat wider than the lower arch in a perfect bite.

Where the upper arc is overly wide or too narrow as to make the teeth to cross over the lower ones, this condition is known as a cross-bite. A proper working relationship between the lower arch, upper arch, and the face is determined by the position of the midlines, i.e., the line between the central incisors. The lower midline should line up with the top one, while the upper midline with the middle of the upper lip.

Top of the bottom set of teeth

This is the second view that the majority of patients look at in the mirror. From this view, the teeth should be aligned in a perfect flowing curve. In simple terms, the teeth should be touching each other with no spacing or overlapping between them. The upper arc ought to be properly aligned with no overlapping or spaces.

From the side

This is probably the most difficult view for patients to see. An ideal way to describe this view is from a perspective of a matching set of gears. Ideally, the pointed ends of your teeth must fit flawlessly between two teeth in the lower arc. The backs of the upper front teeth in this case should rest in a gentle contact with the fronts of the lower ones. Simply put, the upper teeth should be in front of the lower ones when the bite is closed. In an ideal bite, the upper teeth should never stick out too far in front of the lower ones so that there is no contact. If they do, then this is referred to as an overbite. The edges of the upper teeth also should not bite directly on the edges of the lower incisors or even behind them (overbite)

When a dentist is evaluating a bite, he or she looks at the patient from the front view so as to get an overview of where the teeth are situated between the lips. If any issues are found, for instance problems with the position of the jaws or teeth, shape, and size; they all need to be addressed though an orthodontic treatment.

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