What Is An Ideal Bite?

What Is An Ideal Bite?
Posted on 08/21/2017

What Is An Ideal Bite?

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When visiting with your New Baltimore orthodontist for the first time, you will be provided with an examination followed by a discussion of your orthodontic problems and proposed treatment. For some patients, it can come as a big surprise to learn that their bite is “off” or not perfect because they’re never had anyone tell them that their bite isn’t ideal. If you’re wondering what a healthy bite looks like, Dr. Brieden is here to help! During your first visit with our orthodontist, an evaluation will be made regarding the health of your bite by examining your teeth, mouth, and jaw. Your jaw is viewed from three different angles, which we’ll cover below.

The Front View

The front view of your bite is what you see when you look in a mirror. In an ideal bite, the edges of the upper front teeth should be parallel to the top of the lower lip. When your bite is closed, about one-half to two-thirds of the length of your bottom teeth should show. If they overlap too much vertically, you have an overbite. The upper arch should be slightly wider than the lower arch, and the upper teeth should all sit on the outside of the lower teeth when biting down. If they don’t, you have a crossbite. In a perfect bite, the upper and lower midlines between your central incisors should line up evenly with the center of your lips.

Arch View

When you open your mouth wide and look down on the tops of your lower teeth, you are seeing the arch view of your bite. The same holds true when you open your mouth wide and look at the bottoms of your upper teeth, using a small hand-held mirror. From this angle, each row of teeth should be aligned evenly. In an ideal bite, all the teeth will be touching, without any overlapping or gaps between them.

Side View

When you look in the mirror at your bite from the side, the backside of your upper front teeth should rest in front of your lower teeth. If the edges of your upper teeth bite directly on or behind the edges of your lower incisors, you have an underbite. If your upper teeth extend too far forward in front of your lower incisors, you have an overjet. When viewing your bite from the side, all your upper teeth should fit in between your bottom teeth.

Importance of a Proper Bite

Other than the aesthetics, there are many other benefits to having a proper bite:

  • Helps you bite and chew food efficiently
  • Makes it easier to speak clearly
  • Can help you avoid problems like undue strain on the jaw joints that can cause headaches
  • Makes it easier to clean your teeth for better oral hygiene
  • Can help you avoid uneven wear of tooth enamel
  • Puts you at lower risk for broken and/or cracked teeth
  • Can help you avoid common problems like tooth decay or gum disease for good oral health

Contact Your East China and New Baltimore Orthodontist Today

Unfortunately, most of us are not born with perfectly straight teeth and ideal bites. That's why Dr. Brieden offers orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages at our two office locations in East China and New Baltimore, MI. If you’re ready to improve your smile for better oral health and an improved appearance, please request an appointment with us today. We’re looking forward to getting you know you soon and helping you achieve your most perfect smile!