• What are the features of an Ideal Bite?

    Human teeth are designed to fit together almost perfectly in a very specific pattern (the “ideal bite”).

    From the side, the upper front teeth should be sitting in front of the lower teeth, so that the upper teeth sit ahead of the bottom ones and the upper molars should also be sitting between the two molar teeth so that there are no spaces between them in order to prevent wear on the tips of the molars.

    From the front, the upper front teeth should be overlapping the bottom ones by no more than a third of the way down the bottom teeth; and all upper back molars should be meshing with the lower ones. And lastly, in a transversal direction (from inside to out), the upper molars should be biting outside the inner molars.

    In most cases, there is a way to attain this ideal bite, contact Tony Weir Orthodontics today for an appointment.

  • Extraction of Teeth In Orthodontic Treatment

    No one likes to have teeth removed. There are often orthodontic treatment options that may reduce or eliminate the need to take out teeth. However, extraction of teeth is a procedure that is sometimes necessary in orthodontic treatment to provide an ideal aesthetic, functional, stable and healthy outcome for the patient.

    Extraction may be necessary in the following situations:

    • Where teeth are damaged by decay or trauma
    • When the size of the jaws is inadequate to accommodate all the teeth
    • To camouflage an imbalance between the jaws for a patient who is no longer growing, or who does not wish to undergo jaw surgery
    • Where a tooth or teeth are too badly positioned to be able to be put in place and may damage other teeth.

    To determine whether tooth removal is required an orthodontist needs to examine the patient’s teeth and bite, discuss the patient’s requirements with them, and obtain necessary radiographs (x-rays). Once all the necessary information is obtained the best decision can be made.

    Extractions requested by your orthodontist are actually performed by your family dentist or possibly an Oral Surgeon for severely impacted or problem teeth. The extractions are usually carried out 2 weeks or so before commencing active orthodontic treatment. The orthodontic treatment will then close the spaces created gradually over the course of treatment, using the space to straighten teeth and correct the bite.

  • Class III Bite (Underbite)

    An underbite, also known as a Class III malocclusion, is where the lower jaw is larger than the upper jaw, and is a common jaw relationship found in many people. When a person has normal occlusion, the upper and lower teeth align in such a way that the upper teeth fit slightly over the lower teeth when biting. When a person has an underbite, the mandible (lower jaw) protrudes forward in front of the maxilla upper jaw, causing the lower teeth to overlap the upper teeth when the jaw is closed. This gives the chin and lower teeth a more prominent appearance.

    Depending on your case, there are a variety of correction treatments available – contact Tony Weir Orthodontics today.

  • Deep Bite: Class II Bite Without “Buck Teeth”

    Unlike Buck Teeth, some people with a Class II Bite can have have a very deep operlap of the top front teeth over the bottom teeth. This is known as a Deep Bite, which has not as much much horizontal overlap as Buck Teeth would have, but in some cases bringing the top teeth further forward than their matching bottom teeth.

    This problem can result in difficulty biting food, protrusion of the lips, and a poor appearance. It is treatable using a variety of conventional orthodontic treatments, including braces and Invisalign .

  • What does a Class II Bite or Buck Teeth mean?

    Buck teeth, professionally known as a Class 11 Distocclusion are where your top teeth excessively protrude horizontally over the bottom teeth.

    It is one of the most common problems seen by orthodontists and is usually due to one jaw being smaller than the other.

    This problem can result in difficulty biting food, protrusion of the lips, and a poor appearance. It is treatable using a variety of conventional orthodontic treatments, including braces and Invisalign .