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Understanding Open Bite: A Guide from Birmingham's Leading Dental Practice

Welcome to Stella Maris Dental Practice, Birmingham’s trusted source for comprehensive dental care. In this guide, we delve into one of the common dental misalignments we treat at our practice: the open bite. Understanding what an open bite is and how it affects your oral health is the first step towards effective treatment.

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What is an Open Bite?

An open bite is a dental condition where the upper and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed. This gap can be a source of cosmetic concerns and functional issues, such as difficulty in biting or chewing. Various factors contribute to this condition, including childhood habits like thumb-sucking or genetic predispositions.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Recognizing an open bite involves noticing symptoms like an obvious gap between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed or challenges in effectively biting down on food. At our Birmingham practice, we use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, such as digital x-rays and 3D imaging, to accurately diagnose an open bite and plan the most effective treatment.

Treatment Options

Treating an open bite varies depending on its severity and the patient’s age. Common treatments include braces or Invisalign, designed to gradually move the teeth into the correct position. In more severe cases, surgical options may be considered. Our approach at Stella Maris Dental is to tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of our patients.

Prevention and Aftercare

Preventing an open bite, particularly in children, can involve monitoring and addressing habits like prolonged pacifier use or thumb-sucking. Post-treatment, maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups are crucial to ensure lasting results.

Why Choose Our Birmingham Practice?

Our practice, Stella Maris Dental, has a long-standing reputation in Birmingham for successfully treating various dental alignments, including open bites. Our patients appreciate the personalized care and the cutting-edge technology we use. Here’s what one of our satisfied patients had to say: “Have been going to Stella Maris now for over 5 years. Can honestly say they have all looked after me since I first started going. Dr Namih has been amazing doing all of my treatments. He has always made sure that I’m comfortable and never in any discomfort. I’m so grateful I get to smile feeling confident and that’s all down to his work. I was so scared of dentists after my first experience elsewhere & now I will never go anywhere else. You are all like family & I’m lucky to have found somewhere that treats my dental health so well!”


Understanding and addressing an open bite is crucial for both aesthetic and functional reasons. At Stella Maris Dental in Birmingham, we are committed to providing you with the best dental care and treatment options for open bite and other dental issues. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile. 0121 588 4541


Donna Willetts
Donna Willetts
This is an amazing dental practise. All of the staff are lovely and make you feel at ease. Highly recommend if you are looking to go private.
Linda guest
Linda guest
Friendly staff. Mom is elderly and a ground floor hygiene appointment was arranged. Great customer service.
Ann Humphries
Ann Humphries
Can't praise th dentist enough with the reassuring manner and very informative and great follow up
Gurdip Gill
Gurdip Gill
Have been attending this practice for years and always feel welcomed. Staff are professional and caring.
Bev Simpson
Bev Simpson
I highly recommend Stella Maris Dental Practice.. The standard of care is excellent and pain free. Thiara my Hygienist and the Dental Nurse support offer an exceptional service. Thank You
Larraine Dudley
Larraine Dudley
Very experienced informative dental practice.
Paul Sheward
Paul Sheward
Nice friendly staff, explained exactly what was going on

Why Choose Stella Maris?

For over 35 years, we’ve been helping thousands of people regain their confidence to smile. We focus on promoting a healthy mouth and beautiful looking teeth for life, not just a quick fix.

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