I have an open bite and have one for a while. I want to avoid getting TMJ problems, but I don't know what my options are. I'm hoping maybe the new Invisalign model could fix my issue. Thank you for your time.
What Are my Options to Fixing my Open Bite? (photo)
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Closing an Open Bite
Hi there - it is a challenging case. You need an experienced orthodontist with a good reputation among dentists....he or she may suggest extractions, fixed braces and possibly jaw surgery.
Extreme open bite
The open bite could be a skeletal discrepancy, tongue force problem or a tooth discrepancy. In your case it looks like a bit of the latter 2.
If your back teeth, especially the wisdom teeth touch prematurely then I would confirm this and remove them.
If the tongue is not especially large then the upper and lower teeth can be pulled back and inwards, but you may need 4 teeth removed and also fixed retainers.
I have done a similar case where 2 upper premolars were removed and Invisalign used.
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