Q. Does having a deep bite mean a decrease in the vertical dimension of the face?

Answered by
Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 17, 2020 and last reviewed on: Apr 29, 2021

Hello doctor,

I am a 23-year-old male. I used to have a normal dental bite, but, somehow I have a deep bite. Maybe, due to excessive grinding or weak gums. I want some answers regarding the deep bite.

1) Will deep bite affect my facial development? Like lower and upper jaw development.

2) Is having a deep bite mean a decrease in the vertical dimension of the face? If yes, How can I regain it?

3) How can it be treated?



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I went through your query.

Deep bite is a malocclusion in which the upper front teeth excessively overlap the bottom front teeth. A deep bite may impact the facial integrity, damages the teeth leading to attrition and sensitivity. So to answer your queries - Kindly upload an image of your facial profile (face) to determine the effect of a deep bite. Also, another image, keeping the jaw closed and lips wide open to understand the extent of deep bite. Upload these images as soon as possible.

1) Since you are already 23 years of age, no further jaw development takes place. But if you want me to judge the current situation, I need an image that I have mentioned. Kindly upload. I cannot comment specifically without seeing.

2) Yes, absolutely, the vertical height of the face reduces. By your image, the amount of reduction will be identified. I need an image for that reason. I would walk you through the management. Generally, orthodontic treatment is applicable. But specifics from your image will help be determine whether you need a bite plate or not, or traditional braces or Invisalign will be fine. All this information will be answered by looking at the image. Kindly upload as soon as possible.

3) There are treatment modalities by orthodontic treatment. I can help when I see the image. How complicated will it be or not? What time would it take to cure all this information depends upon the nature of tooth arrangement.

Use Hiora K mouthwash, Vantej toothpaste if sensitive tooth.

I hope it helped. I will be waiting for the image kindly do not delay.

Let me know if any further queries. I am here to help.

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