Bite Problems:
Causes, Symptoms and treatments

Malocclusion of the teeth refers to a significant deviation from normal occlusion, where the teeth are not aligned properly. This can lead to functional difficulties and potential oral health issues if left untreated. Normally, teeth should fit comfortably in your mouth, with the top jaw slightly overlapping the bottom one. At Thames, Dr Bravis and her specialist team provides advanced dental treatments to address bite problems and treat associated symptoms effectively.

Symptoms and causes

Malocclusion can present in several ways, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite.

Symptoms may include:

  • Altered facial appearance
  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Speech problems
  • Mouth breathing


Bite problems can result from various factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Oral habits
  • Injuries
  • Poor dental care
  • Conditions like cleft lip and palate
  • Prolonged thumb sucking

Related treatments

Correcting malocclusion is essential for oral health and overall comfort. At Thames, our specialist team offers timely treatments to address these concerns and prevent further complications. Treatment options include:

When to see a dentist?

Addressing malocclusion early can prevent further complications and improve your oral health and quality of life. Schedule an appointment with our team at Thames for expert diagnosis and personalised treatment options.

Dr Theodora Bravis, principal dentist and founder of Thames Dental & Skin Clinic in Thames Ditton, Surrey, smiling confidently at the camera, showcasing her expertise in providing high-quality dental care and facial aesthetic treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are bite problems diagnosed?

Diagnosing bite problems typically involves a comprehensive evaluation by an orthodontist or dentist specialising in malocclusions. This assessment may include a visual examination, dental X-rays, and dental impressions to create models of your teeth and jaws. These diagnostic tools help determine the type and severity of the malocclusion, guiding treatment planning.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

While orthodontic treatment may cause some discomfort initially, particularly after adjustments or when new appliances are placed, any discomfort is usually mild and temporary. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any soreness or discomfort during the adjustment period. Our orthodontist will provide guidance on managing any discomfort associated with treatment.

How long does orthodontic treatment for bite problems typically take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment for bite problems varies depending on the severity of the malocclusion and the chosen treatment approach. In general, treatment can take anywhere from several months to a few years to achieve the desired results. Our orthodontist will develop a personalised treatment plan and provide an estimate of the expected duration based on your specific case.

Can adults undergo orthodontic treatment for bite problems?

Yes, adults can undergo orthodontic treatment to correct bite problems. While treatment may take longer in adults compared to children or adolescents, advancements in orthodontic technology have made it possible to achieve excellent results in adult patients. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment as an adult, schedule a consultation with our orthodontist to explore your options.

Ready to book a dental examination?

We strongly believe that prevention is the key to good health and avoiding dental and general health problems. You can book a comprehensive check-up with our dedicated dentist today.

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