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Open Bite

Open Bite

Open Bite

An open bite is a dental condition characterized due to visible gaps or spacing between your lower and upper front teeth after closing the jaws. Open bite may affect the appearance and functionality of your jaw and teeth where the upper and lower teeth should meet in an even way. Knowing the causes, consequences, and treatment options for an open bite is necessary for maintaining oral health.

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Causes of open bite

Different factors may lead to the development of an open bite. Some of these are:

  • Genetics: Genetic predisposition plays a crucial role in the development of dental misalignments like open bites.
  • Thumb-Sucking or Use of a Pacifier: Prolonged thumb-sucking or pacifier use during childhood might push your upper and lower front teeth forward, forming an open bite.
  • Tongue Thrusting: Habitual tongue-thrusting against your front teeth can be the reason for an open bite.
  • Skeletal Abnormalities: Irregularities in the shape or size of your jaws can cause an open bite.
  • Premature Tooth Loss: The loss of primary (baby) teeth too early might affect the alignment of permanent teeth, causing an open bite.

Symptoms of open bite

Common symptoms associated with an open bite are:

  • Difficulty in biting or chewing certain foods.
  • Visible gap between the lower and upper front teeth after closing the jaws.
  • Increased risk of speech difficulties, especially with certain sounds.
  • Self-esteem concerns due to smile appearance.


A dentist will diagnose an open bite with a comprehensive examination, which include:

  • Visual inspection of your bite and teeth.
  • X-rays or dental scans to evaluate jaw and tooth positioning.
  • Dental impressions to make models for further analysis.

Treatment for open bite

Addressing an open bite is necessary due to cosmetic reasons for maintaining optimal dental health. The treatment options for an open bite depend on its severity and include the following:

  • Orthodontic Treatment: Braces can be used to correct open bites by gradually shifting teeth into their correct position.
  • Surgery:Surgical intervention may be needed for jaw reposition in cases which involve skeletal abnormalities.
  • Tongue Therapy: Speech and tongue therapy may address tongue thrusting habits that causean open bite.
  • Dental Appliances: Orthodontic devices like palatal expanders, may be used to address specific aspects of an open bite.


Overlooking an open bite can cause various complications, including:

  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, leading to headaches and pain in the jaw.
  • Difficulty in your speech.
  • Increased risk of dental wear and tear due to teeth misalignment.
  • Reduced self-confidence due to the appearance of your smile.


Genetics has a vital role in the development of an open bite. So, early intervention and preventive measures can be of great help:

  • Routine dental check-ups for early detection and intervention.
  • Address dental misalignments quickly.
  • Encourage children to stop pacifier use or thumb-sucking.
  • Promote good dental hygiene habits.

Consulting with a dentist is important to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your specific case.

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