When your upper and lower teeth are not in alignment, it can lead to painful and functional issues, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), problems biting, or even cause damage to the teeth, jaw joints, and gums. To assess if you have a misaligned bite (such as an overbite, crossbite, or underbite), our Jacksonville, AR office will perform a bite analysis. This innovative technology will help board-certified orthodontist Dr. Michael Ashcraft determine if you could benefit from an orthodontic treatment to improve the quality of your bite and teeth alignment. After your bite analysis has been performed, you will also receive a physical examination to detect any underlying issues with the teeth, jawbones, jaw joints, and the related muscles. Receiving an evaluation with a bite analysis may be crucial if you're experiencing jaw pain, discomfort, problems chewing, or if you are unable to align your teeth properly. If any of these situations apply to you, contact Ashcraft Orthodontics Jacksonville to schedule your consultation.
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Any patient experiencing pain while chewing, discomfort, or headaches could benefit from receiving a bite analysis to determine if a malocclusion could be the cause. Additionally, if you have a chipped, cracked, or worn tooth, an old restoration, crooked or crowded teeth, or gum disease, then a bite analysis may be advised to figure out of any of these situations have attributed to an incorrect bite. The results of your bite analysis and physical evaluation will help Dr. Ashcraft formulate a personalized orthodontic treatment plan to address the issue and fix your overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
What to Expect
At our Jacksonville, AR practice, we use the iTero 3D intraoral scanning technology, as well as low-radiation digital x-rays and a bite study to assess how your upper and lower teeth come together. Once the images and diagnostics have been run, Dr. Ashcraft will perform a thorough physical evaluation of the teeth, gums, and jaw joints to check for any irregularities. Once all of the needed data has been collected, he will be able to determine the appropriate treatment and devise an orthodontic plan to correct your bite. Your personalized treatment plan could include anything from traditional braces to orthognathic surgery, depending on the severity and cause of your malocclusion.
If you end up receiving an orthodontic treatment to address your misaligned bite, then attending any scheduled follow-up appointments will be important. During these visits, Dr. Ashcraft will be able to check your progress with another bite analysis or evaluation and make any necessary changes to your treatment plan, such as adjusting your device or hardware. It's also crucial to maintain a good at-home oral health routine. You should continue to see a general dentist 1 – 2 times a year to keep the overall health of your mouth in check. Following all of these protocols will allow you to get the most out of your ortho treatment and achieve a smile that is healthier and straighter.
Dr. Ashcraft and the rest of our Jacksonville, AR team believe that if you have teeth and require orthodontic care, then you should be able to receive it. Because of this, we are proud to work with many insurance carriers and offer both in-house and third-party medical financing so your care can be accessible and easier to afford. Some of the costs of your bite analysis may be covered by your provider, but this will depend on your coverage. A member of our team will contact your insurance company to ascertain your benefits.
If you're suffering from jaw pain or discomfort, misalignment between your upper and lower teeth could be the culprit. To get to the bottom of your orthodontic issues, schedule a consultation with board-certified orthodontist Dr. Michael Ashcraft at his office in Jacksonville, AR where we will perform a bite analysis and create a treatment plan to improve your smile and overall health.