Your mouth is an engineering marvel. Your teeth are designed to function like precision synchronized gears. When your teeth do not fit ideally, one or more teeth touch harder than others. Significant and long term consequences occur. The reason for adjusting the occlusion (bite) is to reduce stress on teeth, supporting bone, jaw joints (TMJ), and muscles. 80% of people clench and/or grind their teeth. Clenching and grinding typically occurs with increased intensity and frequency during times of stress. Many people are unaware that they are clenching and grinding their teeth because it most often occurs during sleep.
Reshaping the teeth to make them fit better and touch more gently harmonizes the relationship between the teeth, the jaw joints, and the muscles. Reshaping is referred to by various names: bite adjustment, occlusal adjustment, equilibration, or selective grinding – they all mean the same thing.
Concerns about Bite Adjustment
Taking tooth away
When teeth fit unevenly, the enamel is already being worn away. Precision reshaping prevents future wear.
Will it hurt?
Only the enamel is reshaped, and enamel has no feeling. Occasionally, A filling or crown is necessary to establish a tooth’s ideal contour.
Will it make teeth weaker?
The teeth are being weakened by the destructive forces placed on them. Reshaping the teeth protects and strengthens them.
Is more than one visit necessary?
It may take more than one visit to complete the bite adjustment. Once reshaping is completed, the reshaped areas are smoothed and polished.