Open Bite (Malocclusion)
If some of the top teeth don’t meet the bottom teeth when the mouth is closed. either in the back of the mouth or the front, this is called an open bite.
With a healthy alignment, the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth slightly.
An open bite may be the result of skeletal development problems and/or childhood habits, like thumbsucking and tongue-thrusting. It can be extremely challenging to chew food properly and pronounce certain words with an open bite, and the facial structure is typically affected by this condition.
Some open bite cases may be treated with braces or Invisalign, while others may require surgery. Early orthodontic treatment can be especially effective for treating this condition before it progresses and leads to further challenges.