A Normal Bite

A Look Inside Your Mouth

Knowing how your teeth and jaws work can help you understand why you need braces. When jaws grow normally and permanent teeth are in the right place, the result is a normal bite. But when jaws grow too much or too little, or teeth come in crooked, a bite problem results.

The jaws hold the teeth in place and give shape to the mouth. The upper jaw and teeth are normally a little bigger than the lower jaw and teeth. So, the upper jaw closes over the lower jaw slightly. This allows the upper and lower teeth to fit together snugly when the mouth is closed. A normal bite is the goal of your orthodontic treatment.