A bite adjustment, or occlusal adjustment, may sound like a significant procedure, but it can be quite simple, quick, and painless in most cases.
A bite adjustment is sometimes required after you have your braces removed to correct minor interferences that prevent your teeth from coming together properly. Sometimes your teeth may not be the same height, causing one or two teeth to make contact before the rest of your teeth when you bite. This is an issue because it puts added pressure on those teeth, which can cause pain, hyper-sensitivity, tenderness around the root of the tooth, and even headaches.
What to expect during a bite adjustment?
A bite adjustment procedure is usually a quick and painless in-office procedure. Your dentist will ask you to bite down on a piece of special paper called Articulating Paper. When you bite down on this paper and move your teeth, it leaves colored marks on your teeth where they come together. This allows the dentist to see where your teeth are making contact, then the dentist can gently file those areas to reduce the pressure. Your dentist will likely file a small amount, then ask you to bite down on the paper again, repeating this process until your bite is more in line.
Signs you may need a bite adjustment:
When your braces are removed, you will have a beautiful new smile. However, if you have any of the following symptoms, contact your orthodontist immediately so they can evaluate your teeth and see if a bite adjustment is needed.
• Chronic headaches
• Worn or broken teeth (not caused by trauma)
• Pain in your jaw joints, head, or neck muscles
• Popping of your jaw
• Sensitivity in your teeth
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