Hey, I'm a 19 year old male who is experiencing a, what I hope is minor, open bite as well as possibly an even smaller underbite. Several years ago I got my braces off, and my younger self didn't realize the importance of wearing a retainer every night, something I now greatly regret. Anyway, below are some pictures of my bite. http://i40.tinypic.com/ftkbxe.jpg Here is a close up of my bite, mouth fully closed http://i41.tinypic.com/2vmwxfk.jpg Here is a picture of my bite with my tongue thrusted as far out as it can go http://i43.tinypic.com/2uhtoc9.jpg And here is a picture with my finger in it for scale I'm wondering if you can tell me how bad of an open bite this is, and what the odds are of it getting worse with time. My main concern is if there is a chance of it causing a speech impediment. I can already feel the air slipping out of the gap when I use the /s/ sound. Also, does this look like the kind of bite that could be fixed with invaslign, or require braces again, or need surgery in the future? If it isn't going to get worse, I'm not too concerned with it as is. I just can't afford to develop speaking problems, as I am a public relations major. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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  • Ryan Larkin

    Ryan Larkin 27 - March - 2012, at 21:53 PM

  • Yeah, I figured I tongue-thrusted. It's frustrating because after almost three years of treatment that was never pointed out once. So you're saying a habit breaking appliance and then braces or invisalign could fix my gap?

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 26 - March - 2012, at 22:02 PM

  • From your pics it looks like that you have the habit of tongue thrusting and if you do no break this habit then the open bite will increase. It will not be treated with the invisalign as with braces you have to go for the habit breaking appliance also. You can discuss wih your orthodontist who after clinical xamination and X-ray's will give you the proper treatment plan. If the open bite increases then the speech problem will be there. For more info on invisalign you can visit the following link....http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-invisalign-49.aspx

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