Orthodontic Tips August 26, 2014
Deep bites are a life-long problem.
And, these problems get worse with each passing year.
Send this patient for orthodontic treatment before the deep bite causes an irreversible situation.
This picture is from a 41 year old male. His issues range from periodontal bone loss from the crowding; bruxing and clenching issues and TMJ problems from the deep bite; to sleep apnea from the reduced intra-oral volume caused by the lingually tipped teeth and the deep bite (where is the tongue to go but back down the throat!).
Treatment will consist of opening the deep bite, proclining the teeth to support the lips and create more tongue space, and finally upper and lower TMJ splints as the orthodontic retainers to manage the bruxing habit.