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  • Chronic sinusitis leading to malocclusion and opem anterior bite: I have recently consulted a orthodontist regarding the malocclusion of my molars and premolars and my mild anterior openbite which had developed over the last 7 years. I was informed that defects in swallowing caused this due to constant irritation at the back of the throat from Chronic Sinusitis. The final diagnosis was a Class-3 malocclusion, with a anterior openbite from 16 to 26 due to abnormal swallowing. I consulted a speech therapist on the orthodontists recommendation, which said there is no defect with my swallowing. Can this chronic siunsitis lead to defects in swallowing and consequently malocclusion? How necessary is it to correct this problem? ...Visitor from South Africa     (answer)

  • Edge to edge bite: I am an 18 year old male and finished orthodontic treatment by age 13 with extraction of 4 teeth. Since then, my lower jaw grew and now my top and bottom teeth meet edge to edge with my molars not touching. How can I correct this bite problem? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Open Bite Advice: I am 24 and had my open bite since I was 11. It has always been a problem to me as I can't eat anything like pizza or a bacon sandwich as my teeth do not cut the food and it ends very messy. My question is will it get worse? It is probably at 4mm already, will it cause tmj or something? ...Visitor from Manchester UK     (answer)

  • I had braces for 2 years. It's been 5 years since I had them removed. I am 20 years old. I use my retainer every night. I now have an open bite due to my wisdom teeth. They pushed my bottom and upper teeth out. My orthodontist said I should not use braces because my lower teeth have short roots and there is a probability of losing them if I used braces. What other options do I have? Is jaw surgery my only option? ...Visitor from Honduras     (answer)

  • Open bite problems: I have an openbite and am 28 years old. I am having premature decay problems with my molars and need at least two removed due to cracks from pressure chewing. I was told they will wear out due to constant pressure from chewing. I was wondering if I would benefit from dental implants or if they would wear out like my crowns are doing? I need at least 4 replaced and I don't want to waste money if I would benefit more from having partials. I have no jaw pain and was told it would be better not getting any surgery now because it could cause TMJ joint problems since my teeth are used to the bite. So I am mainly wondering if implants would hold up the rest of my life or would they need replaced? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Grinding/Open Bite I have been wearing an NTI night guard for two years to prevent grinding. I recently visited the dentist who noticed that I now have an open bite, can only make contact in my back teeth. I used to have a regular bite and could touch my front teeth together. How could an open bite form so late in life (I'm 22)? Did the NTI play a part? My x-rays show that the change has been taking place gradually and before I started with the NTI. What are the possible solutions? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Open Bite caused by Tooth Shaving? I recently had a top wisdom tooth removed. Afterwards, I had some teeth on the same side shaved down a bit to help with the change the extraction caused to my bite. Now it feels as though my front teeth and bicuspids are touching much more than my molars. Is this something I will eventually get used to or should it be fixed. Considering that the difference is probably pretty small, but should my front teeth just be shaved down a bit or does it require something more complicated? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Hereditary Open Bite causes TMJ? Did you ever hear of an open bite on the back teeth and if so....could it be heriditary? Could this cause TMJ? ...Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • Open Bite caused by Pacifier Use: I have a two 1/2 year old with an open bite fully attributed to pacifier use. I thought it didn't happen until excessive use after three, but here we are! He used to use the NUK upside if that made a difference. We have ended its use, but my pediatric dentist said the skeleton damage is done and there is nothing we can do for him. He's so young, is there anything to help correct this? ...A guilty mother. ...Visitor from GA     (answer)

  • Open Bite treatment with Surgery? I have an open bite, and recently had a tongue crib placed into my mouth to prevent my tongue from touching my top row of teeth. I am 24 years old and work in a career where I speak in public constantly. I had a minor lisp before, which I was comfortable with. Now I have a very noticeable lisp, which makes it very embarassing to talk. Are there any alternatives, such as a retainer-like device I could wear when I am not speaking or eating? Is this my only option? I want to avoid surgery at all costs, due to all the problems that may occur. ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Can any open bite problem be corrected with out surgery at the age of 20? Should I have my wisdom teeth removed or not? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Braces Removed - Open Bite Returns: I had braces as a child, had them taken off at 14 and everything was fine initially. I'm 28 now and my open bite is back and what's worse I have awful pain in my jaw from grinding. I now see a doctor who is an expert in orofacial pain and he gave me a mouth splint to wear (at night). I've been wearing and getting this splint adjusted for 1 year now but I'm still in alot of pain....continually. I also fear that my bite will continue to deteriorate. I had a CT scan and it didn't show up any serious problems with my TMJs. Any advice? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • My son, age 20 years, has an open bite. He only bites on his wisdom teeth. He is unable to bite down in front. He had braces. They were taken off about 7 years ago. He now wears a bite plate. He also grinds his teeth at night. What do you suggest? ...Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • My son has worn braces for the past four years. Although his teeth are straight, he still has an open bite. The orthodontist stated he wants to remove the braces at this point since they have been on his teeth for a long time and he wants to avoid any damage to his roots or teeth. He suggested two options: One to remove the braces and just get a retainer. He mentioned the open bite would not improve with the retainer but probably would not get worse. However, he mentioned there is still a slight chance that it could become worse even with the retainer. The second option would be at some point to have surgery to take care of the open bite. Is it true that not all braces can control the open bite? What would happen if he didn't use any type of retainer for a few years? Would his teeth possibly straighten out on their own? If surgery is the route we go, what age would you suggest to go with the surgery? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • I had braces about 5 years ago. I have a permanent retainer on my bottom teeth and I lost my top retainer about 3 years ago. My teeth have stayed pretty straight but now I have and open bite? My back teeth touch but I cannot touch my front teeth together at all. Is is necessary to get braces to fix this or can I just leave it alone and live with it? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • I have an eight year old boy who preliminarily has been diagnosed with skeletal open bite. Is he too young for surgery and/or orthodontics? I'm concerned that his bones are not developed enough for surgery to help. ...Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • I sucked my thumb as a child, and therefore have an overbite. When I bite, my molars touch, but the front teeth do not. I'm 29 now. Can my teeth be repaired? ...Visitor from IL     (answer)

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