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Does open bite get worse over time?

I am a 29 year old male. I want to know if open bite gets worse over time?

5 Answers

If the cause is jaw growth irregularity, then no. It could be, in more unusual cases, from degeneration of the TMJ (jaw joint) and then it would worsen. You should have a consult with an OMFS or orthodontist to diagnose the reason for the open bite.
Open bite may refer to either a condition known as anterior open bite (vertical space between upper and lower anterior teeth such that there is difficulty with biting through food), or posterior open bite (some or all back teeth do not come into contact with full mouth closure such that chewing with the back teeth is difficult). Open bite can get worse over time, depending on the cause, the age of the patient, the type of open bite, presence of nonfunctional jaw movements, presence of bone support problems for the teeth. You should see an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for an evaluation to arrive at a diagnosis, cause of the condition, and to get a specific answer to your question.

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Depending upon the cause, it could get worse... Evaluation by an Orthodontist and OMS may be necessary to fully evaluate...

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Robert D. Rutner, DDS, DICOI
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