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Open Bite Symptoms and Treatment

A Predictable Approach to Open-Bite Treatment without Surgery or Braces and No Drilling Down Healthy Teeth

Open bite malocclusion is relatively rare, affecting less than 1% of the population. Living with an open bite presents a unique set of challenges which could severely impact your quality of life. All too often open bite patients are told that braces or surgical correction are their only option. JawTrac® with VENLAY® Restorations offers a proven non-surgical and non-invasive solution.

What is an Open Bite?

You have an open bite when you bite your teeth together and either the teeth at the back of the mouth (posterior open bite) or the teeth at the front of the mouth (anterior open bite) don’t overlap or touch.

Anterior Open Bite - When our upper and lower front teeth don't come together. Patients cannot even bite into a sandwich, so they have to use their side teeth or back teeth to chew.

Anterior Open Bite Treated Without Surgery or Brace

You will see this patient demonstrate and hear her talk about her open bite and all of the treatment she had in the past along with the “double jaw surgery” which was next. Read more here.

Posterior Open Bite – The front teeth touch, but the back teeth don't. Patients are trying to chew with only their front teeth because when they bite on their back teeth, the chewing efficiency is not very useful. There is a non-invasive treatment for back teeth open bites that do not require jaw surgery and does not harm your healthy teeth.

Open Bite Correction with VENLAY® Restorations

Closeup photo of a posterior overbite showing the back teeth not touching. In the after photo the open bite has been corrected.

In the before photo, biting his teeth together his back teeth do not touch. This is a posterior open bite. The after photo shows completed open bite correction in less than four weeks with non-surgical VENLAY® Restorations.

This patient was facing years of braces, followed by jaw surgery, and then porcelain crowns to finish the treatment. He has amelogenesis imperfecta. Instead of crowns, which require drilling down his teeth into little pegs, he has VENLAY® Restorations. No shots, no drilling down healthy teeth, no pain and a new smile with his posterior open bite fixed, without jaw surgery and without braces or pain. You cannot correct open bites, overbites or underbites with veneers. VENLAY® Bite Restorations are the non-invasive jaw surgery alternative.

Open Bite Symptoms

Aesthetics – Sometimes the aesthetics of an open bite are normal looking to most people. The severity of the open bite usually has aesthetic issues.

Speech Clarity – Many patients with open bites have to use their tongues to pronounce the "S" or "Th" sounds which make their speech a little slurry sounding.

Breathing - Breathing becomes a problem when the tongue gets larger. The more we use our tongues, the larger they become. Tongues can cause open bites in both the anterior and the posterior regions. It is possible to treat open bites without surgery, and a consultation with the open-bite expert can be very beneficial before getting the traditional jaw surgery method.

Video Testimonial: Open Bite Problems

Her cosmetic dentist in Atlanta was working on her back teeth with porcelain crowns, and after 40 visits she got on a plane and flew to Santa Monica after researching the internet and suffering for two years.

Aesthetics – Sometimes the aesthetics of an open bite are normal looking to most people. The severity of the open bite usually has aesthetic issues.

Tooth Wear – The teeth that are contacting the hardest experience the most wear. As an example, patients with anterior open bites have so much pressure on their back teeth that wear becomes an issue.

Biting and Chewing – There are obvious eating challenges with an open bite. You obviously cannot bite pizza if you have an anterior open bite and it is difficult to chew well with a posterior open bite. If the teeth don't touch, they are not as effective as teeth that do touch.

TMJ Problems – Sometimes TMJ problems like clicking jaws or clenching and grinding are issues as well as headaches, but most overbites, underbites, open bites and cross bites cause misaligned cause TMJ problems. Aligning jaws without invasive treatments as jaw surgery and years of braces is possible with JawTrac®, combined with VENLAY® Restorations using the Face Lift Dentistry® method.

Open Bite Treatment

Braces or Invisalign® – Not very useful for most open-bite cases unless combined with jaw surgery.

Headgear - Headgear is not very useful for most open-bite cases unless combined with jaw surgery. Besides, Dr. Muslin has over 20 years of braces experience and feels that the use of headgear is unnecessary in most cases. There are better ways to get it done.

Open Bit Correction with VENLAY® Restorations

The before photo shows an anterior open bite, with the front teeth not touching or overlapping. The after photo shows an open bite treated with VENLAY® Restorations

She was excited about the health benefits she received after this treatment. She can stand longer comfortably, her neck issues are less and her speaking ability improved dramatically after many years of speech therapy.

Surgery – Sometimes, jaw surgery is the only choice, but there is an alternative to jaw surgery using VENLAY® Bite Restorations that is well worth researching. The only way to know is to see the VENLAY® Expert for a consultation. There is only one VENLAY® EXPERT and he is located in Santa Monica California.

No Braces, No Surgery – There is no doubt that the Face Lift Dentistry® technology has taken us to a place where posterior and anterior open bites are treated without drilling away teeth, without braces or Invisalign® and with or without jaw surgery.

Questions About Open Bites

Can an Open-Bite Correct Itself? No, the tongue won't allow it.

Does an Open Bite Affect Speech? Yes, the tongue is used to make "S" sounds.

Can an Open Bite Cause a Lisp? Yes, when we can't put our teeth together, and our upper lip is short, we have a lisp.

Can TMJ Disorder Aggravate my Open Bite? The open bite can cause TMJ disorder. The tongue forces the teeth open very slowly just like braces move teeth very slowly. It does not matter which one causes the problem as much as how to solve the problem now.

Can an Open Bite be Treated Without Surgery? Yes, and the results have been very successful. Patients have gotten immediate relief from speech deficiencies, TMJ problems, self-confidence issues and compromised chewing in about one month. Dr. Sam Muslin has successfully corrected open bites even after the patient had jaw surgery when the surgery did not quite get it done.

Can Invisalign® or Clear Aligners Fix a Severe Open Bite? We have never seen that happen.

Is an Open Bite Bad For Your Health? Yes, but some patients live with an open bite for many years and somehow do just fine.

What is Open Bite Surgery? Cut the jaws and move them, so the angles causing the open bite are less. The surgery can be a remarkable success or not. Braces are always needed. However, we have treated open bite cases after jaw surgery and corrected the bite with VENLAY® Bite Restorations.

Sam Muslin DDS, MAGD

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