An open bite can make speaking and chewing food difficult, especially in developing children. Commonly caused by a skeletal problem or habits such as thumb sucking, an open bite means that some of the teeth are not making contact. Stittsville dentist, Dr. Ami Barakat can evaluate your child to determine if they have, or may develop an open bite. Prompt and effective treatment can prevent a range of concerns affecting quality of life.
An untreated open bite can hinder speech development. It can also help spread tooth damage. Open bites are best treated if addressed early. Untreated open bites may create more complex oral health concerns. Open Bites are common in children who suck their thumbs or practice tongue thrusting.
Early diagnosis is key in successful and conservative treatment. Dr. Barakat will evaluate your child’s open bite and determine the best treatment.
Treatment for an Open Bite in Ottawa
Dr. Barakat offers treatment that can address the underlying cause of an open bite in young patients using oral appliances. In some cases, early treatment can avoid the need for braces by stopping the myofunctional habit that is causing the open bite. For this reason, it is important to bring your child in early for a consultation. Addressing certain habits early can allow normal speech development to resume and the bite to correct itself as the permanent teeth grow in.
Treatment for an open bite may include the following:
- Traditional braces
- Myobrace removable intra
- Oral surgery to correct skeletal issues
Schedule A Consultation
We recommend that children come in for an evaluation around age 7 and offer comprehensive care for both children and adults with an open bite. To schedule a consultation for you or your child, contact us at (613) 655-9966 or request an appointment online.