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It’s nice to be open-minded, but you don’t want your bite to be that way! An open bite is a type
of orthodontic malocclusion, or “bad bite,” that require orthodontic treatment.

When you have an open bite, the upper and lower teeth don’t touch when your mouth is closed.
If you have this condition, there’s an opening between the rows of your teeth as you close your
jaw. An open bite affects your smile and your general appearance. It can also affect the way you
speak, which can lead to speech problems.

Pacifier or thumb sucking, skeletal problems, tongue thrusting and TMJ disorder, primarily
contribute to an open bite. In some cases, children develop an opening in their bite when they
have a mix of permanent and baby teeth.

According to the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, treating an
open bite can be more challenging than treating other types of malocclusions. However, there
are many treatments available to treat an open bite. Your orthodontist will likely recommend
treatment based on the severity of your condition or your age, and whether you have primary or
permanent teeth. Treatment methods for open bite include behaviour modification, surgery and
orthodontic mechanical treatment such as Invisalign or traditional metal braces.

To learn more about “open bite” and its treatment, you can consult our orthodontic team at
York Mills Orthodontics in Toronto.

– The Beach Braces Team