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The Importance of Correcting an Open Bite

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At Kincer Orthodontics in Marietta, we understand that an open bite can be more than just an aesthetic issue – it can have significant implications for your oral health and overall well-being. An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed, leaving a noticeable gap. While it might seem like a minor problem, failing to treat an open bite can lead to various complications. In this blog, we’ll explore the potential consequences of not addressing this orthodontic issue.

1. Difficulty Chewing and Eating

One of the most immediate and noticeable effects of an untreated open bite is difficulty with chewing and eating. When your teeth don’t properly align, it can be challenging to bite and chew food effectively. This can lead to inadequate nutrition as you might avoid certain foods that are difficult to eat, impacting your overall health. Additionally, improper chewing can cause digestive issues, as larger food particles are not broken down sufficiently.

2. Speech Impediments

An open bite can significantly affect your speech, leading to lisps and other speech impediments. The inability to close the gap between your teeth can make it hard to produce certain sounds correctly, affecting your communication skills and possibly leading to self-consciousness or social anxiety.

3. Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorders

Leaving an open bite untreated can put extra stress on the jaw joints and muscles, leading to discomfort and pain. Over time, this can evolve into temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, characterized by chronic jaw pain, headaches, and even lockjaw. TMJ disorders can severely impact your quality of life and may require extensive treatment to resolve.

4. Tooth Wear and Damage

When teeth do not align properly, it can lead to uneven and excessive wear on the parts of the teeth that do make contact. This abnormal tooth wear can weaken teeth, making them more susceptible to cracks, chips, and decay. Over time, this can compromise the health of your teeth and may require costly dental treatments to repair the damage.

5. Aesthetic Concerns and Self-Esteem

An open bite can affect the appearance of your smile and facial structure, which, in turn, can impact your self-esteem and confidence. Many individuals with untreated open bites become self-conscious about their appearance, particularly when smiling or speaking, which can affect personal and professional relationships.

Treating an Open Bite at Kincer Orthodontics

An untreated open bite can lead to a host of problems, from functional issues like chewing difficulties and speech impediments to aesthetic concerns and reduced self-esteem. The good news is that open bites can be effectively treated with orthodontic care. At Kincer Orthodontics in Marietta, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to address open bites and other orthodontic issues. Our experienced team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs and goals, using the latest techniques and technology to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Posted on behalf of William R. Kincer Practice Limited to Orthodontics

44 Old Hamilton Road
Marietta, Georgia 30064

Phone: (770) 424-5280

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8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C.

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  • We are beyond thankful for Dr. Kincer and his team!! Dr. Kincer is one of the most honest and conservative Orthodontist, which is a VERY rare find in the industry. We moved to south Florida about halfway through our treatment of 18 months and did not switch orthodontists; that’s how much Dr. Kincer means to us! Our daughter’s smile is absolutely beautiful!!

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  • Dr. Kincer is the best. I am almost a year into my treatment and i have nothing but great things to say. He is so kind and his team is amazing. They are simply amazing and truly care for what their customers need and what their teeth need. I highly recommend Doctor Kincer to anyone looking for orthodontics.

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  • Excellent orthodontist. Invisalign was the best money I ever spent on myself. Dr. Kincer is meticulous, thorough, has attention to detail, and fixed my flared teeth. Everyone is always complimenting my smile. He is always timely, professional, and his support staff (Jennifer and Lynn) are really caring. He is able to shave down teeth to make them aesthetically fit my smile and proportions. Dr. Kincer and Lynn really make sure their patients are comfortable-- especially when it comes down to removing attachments for invisalign and IPR, when your teeth are already sensitive. I recommended him to my brother and little cousin for orthodontic work and for their retainers :)

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  • After having my braces off for 12 years. I go in today to see my little sister get her braces off, and Dr. Kincer readjusted my Old retainers to fit again!! He is a great orthodontist!

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  • Our family has been using Dr. Kincer for the past 10 years. Our oldest daughter has had amazing transformations with her treatment and our second is shaping up to do the same. Couldn't ask for a better, more friendly place.

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  • Both my kids have beautiful, straight teeth because of Dr. Kincer's work. He takes great care to work with every aspect of getting braces.


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