My orthodontist says I have the most difficult bite to treat and that is why my orthodontic quote is so expensive. Which of these bites are the most difficult: overbite, under bite, deep bite, or cross bite? I have a deep bite.
Munsey D. – Georgia
Most orthodontic problems can be treated with traditional braces; however, the most difficult bite to treat would be an open bite. You didn’t mention that one. An open bite is when the upper front teeth don’t touch or even go over the lower front teeth. This is usually caused
An open bite is when the upper front teeth don’t touch or even go over the lower front teeth. This is usually caused from thumb sucking or strange position of the tongue. Even after wearing braces to correct this problem about 20% of patients still have an open bite to some extent.
One you did mention is also challenging– an under bite. This type of bite is when the lower jaw protrudes out farther than the top jaw so the lower front teeth bite over the upper front teeth. This is usually caused from a nasal obstruction, thrusting of the tongue, or mouth breathing. Most of the time these patients need corrective jaw surgery to place the jaw in its proper position which cost thousands of dollars.
The good news for you is that you have one of the most common and easiest bites to fix. This is when the top teeth cover the lower teeth too much. In most cases, orthodontic appliances are used before the braces get put on to create spacing and some movement. After that braces are needed for however long it takes your teeth to shift.
I’m not sure why he’s blaming the cost on your bite, but you’re welcome to get a second opinion from a different orthodontist.
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