The Bite Corrector is an alternative to headgear or rubber bands which promotes growth in adolescents, helping to eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth, and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery.
The way your teeth align can have a significant impact on your smile. But an uneven bite is more than a cosmetic imperfection — it can also cause problems like jaw pain, speech issues and gum disease. At Nicolas Orthodontics, we provide bite correction appliances to fix teeth and alleviate the pain of an improper bite.
A bite corrector is an orthodontic device that aligns the lower and upper jaws. It is an alternative appliance to rubber bands and headgear to improve teeth alignment, eliminate excessive overbites and prevent the need for jaw surgery.
Bite correction appliances are most often used to fix overbites in young patients, but they can sometimes be used on adults.
Many people need orthodontic treatment to correct their bites. Some telltale signs of bite misalignment include:
- An overbite, underbite or crossbite.
- Large spaces between your teeth.
- High canine teeth.
- Space between your lower and upper rows of teeth when you bite down.
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth.
- Teeth soreness or sensitivity.
- Besides these dental symptoms, an uneven bite can also cause upper back pain, headaches, neck pain and jaw pain.
A bite correction appliance pushes the lower jaw forward while pulling the upper jaw backward to slowly and gently bring the jaws in proper alignment.
The device design can vary, but most bite correction appliances have several key features:
- Metal caps or bands cemented to the upper and lower molars
- Metal arms that attach from the upper to the lower part of the appliance
A bite correction appliance is also unremovable for the duration of the treatment, ensuring consistent use. How long a patient must wear the bite correction appliance varies depending on the severity of the bite problem and the patient’s age. Generally speaking, most patients wear the bite corrector for about a year.
Bite correction is one of the best ways to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with an overbite and other oral conditions. It also provides numerous other benefits, including:
- Stronger teeth enamel.
- Less risk of teeth injury and permanent teeth extraction.
- Clearer speech.
- A more attractive smile.
- Increased confidence.
- Improved sleep quality.
The expert team at Nicolas Orthodontics has helped patients correct their bites for over 20 years. We provide premier care and quality treatment to improve smiles and eliminate dental pain in patients of all ages.
We’re proud to serve Boyton Beach and Boca Raton with convenient office locations. Whichever office you visit, you can feel confident that our professionals will deliver exceptional results and provide the best patient care experience.