Many people have bite problems, specifically overbites, underbites and cross bites. These dental conditions are most commonly caused by underlying genetic factors or habits such as thumsucking. The good news is that modern orthodontics can help treat and repair these bite problems.

An overbite occurs when the upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth. Most humans have a naturally occurring overbite of about three to five millimetres in size. Any overbite that is larger than this is considered to be a problem. Overbites are the most common bite problem seen in children. In fact, about 70 percent of the bite problems seen by dentists are overbites. While the condition is related to genetics, certain activities like thumb sucking can make the condition worse. Overbites can cause problems with the aesthetics of the face, as well as presenting chewing and jawbone stress problems.

An underbite is when the bottom teeth land in front of the upper teeth when the mouth is closed. This creates a more prominent under jaw and can lead to problems with chewing, headaches and difficulties with the jawbone joints. This condition should be treated as soon as possible.

A crossbite is caused by irregularly shaped teeth, which cause the upper and lower jaws to line up improperly. This condition is most likely caused by genetics and it requires treatment to prevent further problems. A crossbite can also lead to the development of jaw problems, due to the amount of stress it places on it. Thumb sucking and improper chewing habits can make the problem worse as time goes by.

There are a number of orthodontic solutions available to correct any of these bites. They include fixed orthodontics such as Six Month Smiles or clear aligners from Invisalign. A consultation with Dr Rik Trivedi from Parrock Dental and Implant Centre will help to determine which treatment is the best option for your individual case. These braces can straighten your teeth over a number of months by using low forces to gently move the teeth into a different position.

The results are not only a more attractive smile but also a corrected bite which can ease jaw pain and make eating and biting more comfortable.

More information about braces in Gravesend, Kent can be found at the office’s physical address, located at 89-191 Parrock Street, in Gravesend, Kent DA12 1EN. Interested persons can also reach the dental centre by calling 01474 537191 or by visiting the website at