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An uneven bite is when your upper and lower teeth don’t bite together as they should. The most common sign of an uneven bite is if your teeth look crooked, or when some teeth might be too close together. Other teeth might not quite meet together at all, for example, when you have an open bite.
Another common issue with an uneven bite is an asymmetrical midline. The midline is an imaginary line running vertically down the middle of the face and which ideally should pass between your two upper front teeth, your central incisors.
An uneven bite can cause teeth to wear unevenly so that over time tooth enamel could deteriorate. When tooth enamel becomes worn, it can cause issues like tooth sensitivity and increases the risk of decay. An uneven bite can lead to restorations such as crowns and fillings failing.
Teeth that bite unevenly can create pressure on the jaw joints and muscles, potentially causing a problem called TMD. Some people with an uneven bite have bruxism, a condition where they clench and grind their teeth, often during sleep, so they are unaware of the damage caused. Over time, these issues can lead to chronic jaw pain.
Invisalign may be used as part of a teeth bite adjustment treatment plan. Part of this plan could involve replacing or adjusting restorations before reassessing an uneven bite. The plan may involve filling or crowning specific teeth. Afterward, realigning the teeth with Invisalign will help the upper and lower teeth to fit together more evenly and comfortably. We might need to make other adjustments, such as reshaping some teeth to help you achieve a correct bite.
Our best-in-class Invisalign dentists at Gentle Dental can discuss all Invisalign procedure benefits. For more information about Invisalign for an uneven bite in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.