What Does An Ideal Bite Look Like?

What Does An Ideal Bite Look Like?
Posted on 06/16/2017
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How Your Glenview & Chicago Orthodontist See Your Mouth & Jaw

It is not uncommon to have perfectly healthy teeth but still have a misaligned bite. What you see in the mirror is different from what an orthodontist sees when they evaluate your teeth. You may be happy with the overall appearance of your smile, but having an off bite can create implications in the future such as difficulty in speaking or chewing. It can also cause discomfort and pain in your jaw joints if it is not treated for an extended period of time. At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics for Kids, we want to provide you with information about our services to help you make informed decisions about you and your family's oral health. We encourage that you ask questions anytime during the treatment process regardless if you are a new or returning patient.

Looking At Your Bite At Different Angles

When your Glenview and Chicago orthodontist is looking at your teeth, there are many things to consider when determining if you have an ideal bite. By looking at your bite at different angles, he can determine whether braces or other orthodontic appliances are a necessary form of treatment. To get an understanding of what your orthodontist sees, there are three views that he looks at:

Front View

This is the view that we see when we look directly in a mirror. The edges of your upper front teeth should be parallel to your lower lip. If the upper teeth are too long, then this is what we call a "gummy smile." This is where too much of the gum tissue is visible when you smile. On the other end, if the upper front teeth are too short, then our smile would look premature or toothless. When the teeth are closed together, you should see about or of your bottom teeth. Depending on how far out your upper teeth extends or how much your upper teeth covers, you could have the following bites:

  • Deep bite: The upper teeth covers too much of your lower teeth
  • Open bite: The upper teeth do not overlap the lower teeth
  • Crossbite: If the upper arch of your teeth is too wide or narrow, it can cross over the lower arch in a different direction
Inside View

This view can be seen if you were to look down on your teeth in the mirror. Your teeth should be aligned in a curve shape that does not overlap or have gaps in between. If you were to see the inside of your teeth and connect your top jaw to your lower jaw, you should see that your teeth make a perfect oval shape.

Side View

In this view, the pointed ends or cusps of your top teeth should fit between two teeth in the bottom. Your back teeth need to gently rest on top of each other when your bite is closed. When the edges of the upper teeth bite directly on edges or behind the lower teeth, this is known as an underbite.

Schedule An Appointment with Your Chicago & Glenview Orthodontist

Although your teeth may be free from decay and cavities, this does not necessarily mean that you may have a proper bite. It is important to see an orthodontist to determine whether treatment is necessary to avoid any oral issues later on. If you would like to know about our orthodontic services or would like to schedule an appointment, we have to convenient offices located in Glenview and Chicago, IL. Please feel free to contact us or fill out our online appointment request form!