Bite Occlusion Equilibration: Tilting Teeth/Misaligned Teeth

Correct Your Bite Now to Prevent Future Problems

When your teeth don’t align properly, it can be dangerous, destructive, and sometimes painful. Your teeth are meant to operate equally, so when there are heavier forces in some areas than in others, it puts stress on your teeth and jaw. For Dr. Harris, your complete dental health means a mouth that is functional as well as pain free.

It’s important to identify and correct problems. Often people live with misalignment that becomes painful later in life. If misalignment is corrected earlier, you can avoid that pain. It’s always Dr. Harris’ goal to find a problem before it becomes painful.

What’s occlusion? That’s just a dental term for the way your upper and lower teeth come together when your mouth is closed. If you hear the term “malocclusion” that means your upper and lower teeth are misaligned.

What causes misalignment? Missing teeth can cause your teeth to lean over or tilt. This puts your entire bite out of whack, because the surfaces of your teeth are no longer meeting like they’re supposed to. Another cause is teeth that just don’t line up right — they’re too tall, too short, crooked, or in the wrong place. Sometimes your teeth may look fine — even though you have an alignment problem. Especially in this case, it’s important to consult Dr. Harris, who is trained to detect areas where your teeth have an uneven bite.

An uneven or unbalanced bite can cause several problems, including:

  • Broken teeth and increased likelihood for broken teeth
  • Prematurely worn teeth
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Jaw pain
  • TMJ pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Jaw damage

To restore the proper balance to your bite — and relieve your pain — Dr. Harris will examine your teeth to make a recommendation for treatment. The exam includes x-rays, impressions to create a 3D model of your teeth, and evaluation of your bite pattern.

Possible treatments for misalignment include:

  • Equilibration, during which small amounts of your teeth are polished away to make your teeth meet more evenly
  • Invisalign or traditional braces, to adjust the position and/or angle of your teeth
  • Crowns, to build up teeth that are worn down or too small as well as correct broken and poorly positioned teeth

Don’t live with a destructive bite. Let Dr. Harris help you discover healthy, functional, pain-free teeth and, most importantly, prevent future problems from developing.


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