If you have a problem with your bite, such as an open bite, crossbite, under, or overbite, it can cause serious issues. Fortunately, a dentist who specializes in orthodontics can correct most bite issues by applying braces to your teeth.
Bite Problems that Braces Can Correct
People who have issues with their bite, such as a cross, over, under, or open bite, can have some serious dental issues that need correction. While a slight over or underbite is often not noticeable, other bites can cause problems with chewing food, speaking clearly, or swallowing.
If you’re having any of these problems, your dentist may recommend visiting our orthodontist at Wang + Cortes Dental if he or she thinks that you need braces. Applying braces to your teeth can correct most bites, although in some cases, surgery may be necessary.
Types of Braces
There are four types of braces that our orthodontist in Tampa, FL, will choose to correct your bite. They are:
- Traditional or Metal Braces
- Ceramic Braces
- Lingual Braces
Traditional or Metal Braces
Changes in metal braces make their brackets and wires less noticeable than in the past. They move teeth faster because orthodontists can add heat-activated archwires to them. The wires move teeth more quickly with less pain because they use the patients’ body heat.
Many adults who need braces often choose ceramic braces because they are less noticeable than metal ones. Although they are the same size as metal braces, the brackets and wires can either be tooth-colored or clear to make them less noticeable.
Our orthodontist at Wang + Cortes Dental may suggest getting lingual braces for patients who are reluctant to wear braces. Lingual braces are the same as metal braces, but they fit on the backside of teeth rather than in the front.
These braces are clear, plastic aligners that can move teeth about 1 millimeter per day to align them properly. They are popular among adults who do not want to make it known they are straightening their teeth. Our orthodontists in Tampa, FL, can help people with mild to moderate bite issues choose these aligners to resolve their bite problems.
If you need to straighten your teeth to resolve bite issues, contact our orthodontist in Tampa, FL to get a customized solution for your needs.