If the orthodontist is recommending a bite plate for you or your child, you might be confused. What exactly is this device- and what does it have to do with straightening the teeth? In this article, we’ll explain why some patients need a bite plate.
What is a Bite Plate?
A bite plate is a small, removable device that is used to reduce a deep bite, also known as an overbite. This is a type of bite that causes the top row of teeth to come down further than normal, partially or fully covering the bottom row of teeth. Orthodontists need to correct these bite issues before braces treatments in order to get the best results.
Fixing the Bite Before Braces
Some patients wonder why it’s important to fix the bite before braces. Firstly, a correct bite helps the braces to fit correctly. This makes the treatment as comfortable as possible. A good bite also helps the braces work effectively. This leads to shorter treatment times and a better final smile.
How Does the Device Work?
Bite plates work in a very simple way. They are usually made out of acrylic and metal wires, just like retainers. They are fitted towards the front of a patient’s mouth, where they create a subtle platform behind the top front teeth. When the mouth is at rest, the tool helps to reset the jaw position. The orthodontist will then examine the bite over time, monitoring the progress and making adjustments as needed.
Other Devices That Might Be Used
Other tools are sometimes used to adjust a patient’s teeth before they begin braces treatment. These include palette expanders, elastics, and headgear appliances. While the devices are very different, they all serve the same purpose: to help the patient get as healthy of a smile as possible. Your dentist or orthodontist can help you understand the different tools that might be needed for your mouth.
Learn More About Orthodontic Appliances
Adventure Orthodontics is here to help you make sense of your braces journey- even before the process starts! If you need a bite plate to prepare for braces, we can fit you with the device and monitor your progress. Call us today to learn more.