Balancing your bite is an important part of your oral health, and it takes several different aspects of your smile to do it properly. For instance, your jawbone must be even, your jaw joints must work together, and all of your teeth must be properly aligned for your bite to be effectively balanced. When any one or more of these are not properly aligned, it can throw your bite off balance entirely, placing the rest of your oral health at risk, as well.
What does bite equilibration mean?
Bite equilibration is the process of correcting your bite’s balance (or equilibrium) by affecting small changes to your smile that don’t typically require a lot work. The goal is usually to rebuild, restore, or correct issues that can impact your bite’s balance to ensure that it can function properly in all aspects.
What procedures are involved?
If you require bite equilibration, then the specific dental procedures involved will depend on your specific needs and preferences. For many patients, those treatments may include:
- Cosmetic tooth bonding
- Conservative tooth contouring
- Custom-made porcelain veneers
- Ceramic dental crowns
- Clear orthodontic aligners
- And more
What are the benefits of the treatment?
The main benefits of bite equilibration are the improved function and comfort of your bite, which also provides several benefits for your smile’s appearance and your long-term oral health. For example, a straighter and more symmetrical smile generally looks more attractive than an imbalanced one. It also functions better and with reduced risks of bite conditions like bruxism and TMJ disorder.
Ask Your Dentist About Improving Your Bite Function
With customized bite equilibration treatment, your dentist can correct the minor imperfections that can significantly affect your bite’s function. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.