A malocclusion, or bite issue, is a common misalignment problem that can take many forms including overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites. What these bites issues all have in common is that they can cause serious health and oral issues down the road if not met with orthodontic treatment. Here are 4 signs that you might have a bite issue.
Biting Inner Cheek or Tongue
Do you find you are often accidentally biting your tongue or inner cheeks? Are there constant sores raw spots as a result? This is a common sign that something is amiss with your bite. A properly aligned mouth should not be constantly biting its tongue and cheek.
Do you speak with a lisp or have other speech problems? Speech problems are often a result of a malocclusion.
Another sign of bite issues is constant breathing through the mouth rather than the nose. Normal respiration should mostly take place through the nose, but various bite issues can affect this, making the mouth more active in breathing.
Chewing and Biting Discomfort
Finally, another sign of a bite issue is discomfort when eating food. If you find it difficult to chew certain foods, or you struggle to bite things, it may be a sign of an issue. A properly aligned bite should not cause discomfort when chewing and biting.
Not all bite issues are made the same. While you may experience some signs, you might not experience any. The best way to know if you have a bite issue, or any other dental issue, is to visit your Vancouver orthodontics clinic, such as Pacific West Dental.