Open bite and cross bite can be evaluated early. Changes that are non-invasive can be accomplished in a few short months.
An open bite is a malocclusion (bite problem) where the top teeth and bottom teeth do not come together or bite in the correct position. There is no overlap of the teeth leading to them looking “open.” Open bites can be caused by either tooth position, jaw position, or a combination of both.
A crossbite happens if your teeth don’t line up properly when your mouth is closed. It can affect a single tooth or groups of teeth, like your front or back teeth. Normally, your upper teeth are wider and sit on the outside of your bottom teeth.
Myofunctional Therapists help the patient to achieve the goals of proper muscle function as well as improved speech, chewing and resting. Myofunctional therapy, with as few as three (3) minutes of exercise, two (2) to three (3) times a day, can create remarkable improvement.
Age does not matter, but it does take a bit longer with adults.