Bite adjustment is a painless process where we reshape the biting surfaces of your teeth so that they fit together properly. The reshaping is done in the back where it’s not visible – It won’t change the appearance of your teeth or smile. What it does do however, is actually change your bite so that your teeth and jaws fit in harmony all the time.
Imagine that your upper and lower teeth are like two pieces of a puzzle that don’t fit together. No matter how you turn the orange puzzle piece, it simply isn’t going to fit into the puzzle correctly. You need to re-shape it to make it fit. Bite adjustment (also known as equilibriation) is the process of re-shaping teeth to fit together. When reshaping is completed you have a piece that fits into the puzzle correctly.
Bite adjustment won’t weaken the teeth, make them more susceptible to decay or more sensitive. In fact, since reshaping balances the biting pressures the teeth are actually less sensitive and there is less likelihood of recession, loosening or breaking.
Once bite adjustment is done, the teeth are balanced so you have equal pressures on all the teeth resulting in the elimination or dramatic reduction of:
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth
- Future damage to teeth caused by clenching and grinding
- Stress and further damage to the jaw joints
- Muscle pain
To find out if bite adjustment is right for you please contact us or call us today at (203) 883-4433.