How Orthodontics Can Improve Your Bite and Chewing

In the journey towards optimal oral health, the alignment of your teeth plays a pivotal role, influencing not just the aesthetics of your smile but also your bite and chewing efficiency. At Davis Family Orthodontics, under the expert care of Dr. Laura Davis, we’re dedicated to transforming lives through comprehensive orthodontic care, ensuring each patient achieves a beautiful smile and a functional one. This exploration delves into the significant impact orthodontic treatment can have on correcting bite issues and improving chewing function, enhancing overall quality of life.

The Foundation of a Functional Bite

A well-aligned bite is essential for adequate chewing, speech, and long-term oral health. Misalignments, known as malocclusions, can lead to many issues, including difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and uneven wear on teeth. Dr. Laura Davis explains, “Orthodontic treatment is about so much more than straight teeth. It’s about creating harmony between the teeth and jaws, improving the look of your smile and its functionality.”

Common Bite Problems Addressed by Orthodontics

Overbite and Underbite:

These conditions occur when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth excessively (overbite) or when the lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth (underbite). Both can hinder effective chewing and may cause wear and tear on teeth.


A crossbite is when one or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. This misalignment can lead to uneven tooth wear, gum disease, and bone loss.

Open Bite:

An open bite, where the upper and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed, can make biting and chewing difficult and may also affect speech.

How Orthodontic Treatment Improves Bite and Chewing

Realignment of Teeth:

Orthodontic devices such as braces or clear aligners apply gentle pressure to teeth, gradually moving them into the correct position. This process straightens teeth and aligns the upper and lower jaws, leading to an improved bite and more efficient chewing.

Customized Treatment Plans:

At Davis Family Orthodontics, Dr. Davis creates personalized treatment plans using advanced imaging technology to assess each patient’s unique needs. These tailored approaches ensure optimal results, addressing specific bite issues and enhancing chewing function.

Use of Specialized Appliances:

Additional orthodontic appliances may sometimes be necessary to correct bite problems. Palatal expanders, for example, can widen a narrow upper jaw, while retainers may be used post-treatment to maintain the new alignment.

The Benefits of Correcting Bite Issues

Improving your bite through orthodontic treatment offers numerous benefits beyond enhanced aesthetics:

  • Efficient Chewing and Digestion: A properly aligned bite allows for more effective chewing, leading to better digestion and overall nutrition.
  • Reduced Strain on Jaw Muscles and Joints: Correcting misalignments can alleviate stress on the jaw, reducing symptoms of TMJ disorders and other jaw-related discomfort.
  • Prevention of Tooth Damage: A functional bite distributes force evenly across all teeth, reducing the risk of premature wear, chips, and fractures.

Embracing the Orthodontic Journey with Davis Family Orthodontics

Choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment is a decision that impacts more than just your smile. It’s an investment in your health and well-being. Dr. Laura Davis and the team at Davis Family Orthodontics are committed to guiding you through this transformative journey, utilizing the latest in orthodontic technology and techniques to ensure you achieve the best possible outcomes.

If you’re experiencing bite issues or difficulty chewing, orthodontic treatment may be the solution you’ve been seeking. Contact Davis Family Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laura Davis. With locations in Lawrenceville, Morrow, Stone Mountain, and Loganville, GA, a healthier, more functional smile is within reach.

At Davis Family Orthodontics, we’re passionate about the power of orthodontic treatment to transform lives. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Laura Davis, we offer personalized care designed to address your unique needs, improving not just the appearance of your smile but its functionality too. Join us on a journey to a healthier, more confident you, with a bite that’s built for a lifetime of smiles.


  1. American Association of Orthodontists: Overview of common bite problems and the role of orthodontics in correcting them.
  2. Journal of Dental Research: Studies on the impact of orthodontic treatment on masticatory efficiency and jaw function.
  3. International Journal of Orthodontics & Implantology: Research on the long-term benefits of orthodontic treatment for oral health, including improved bite and chewing function.
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