Fixing anterior open bite without surgery.

This is the place to post general questions and comments about all areas of orthodontic treatment. Before you post a question, use the forum's SEARCH tool to see if your question has already been answered!

New Members: YOU MUST MAKE A POST WITHIN 24 HOURS OF REGISTERING OR YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED. In other words, don't sign up unless you plan to actively participate in the message board immediately. This is necessary to keep out spammers and lurkers with bad intentions. Of course, you can read most forums on the board without registering.

DO NOT POST FULL-FACE PHOTOS or personal contact information on this website. We have had problems with people re-posting members' photos on fetish websites. Please only post photos of your teeth, not your whole face. Keep your email and your personal information private. Thank you.

Moderator: bbsadmin

Post Reply
Posts: 10
Joined: Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:53 pm

Fixing anterior open bite without surgery.

#1 Post by winston »

I have an anterior open bite which causes a feeling of too much fullness and prevents my upper lip from properly meeting the lower. Apart from this it is mild in comparison to other cases I've seen. There isn't actually a space between upper and lower teeth.

I want to fix it with braces (lingual) but some sources have told me that only surgery can work on this problem. However, an ortho did say he could do it, but I can't be sure that he's any good.

Can anyone with knowledge or personal experience tell me what they think?

Posts: 2790
Joined: Mon Aug 30, 2004 8:10 am
Location: Cleveland,OH

#2 Post by drrick »

Alot depends on the cause of the open bite.
Some typically need sx orthers do not.
Developer of:
The Powerprox Six Month Braces(R) Technique

Powerprox Six Month Braces(R)on ABC News

Posts: 149
Joined: Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:01 pm
Location: Wilmington, NC, USA

#3 Post by sjs8906 »

Hi winston,

I am currently undergoing treatment to correct my open bite non-surgically with the use of TADs (temporary anchorage devices). The goal is to close the open bite by intruding my upper molars.

I posted pictures today of my 2 month progress in my braces story. The link is in my signature if you would like to take a look! There's not much progress yet though, my orthodontist estimates it will take 7-8 months in all.

Good luck in whatever you choose!

Posts: 337
Joined: Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:04 pm

#4 Post by fosterp »

I've seen a lot of cases where they fixed open bite with posterior teeth intrusion through the use of TADs. If you have only a mild case I would definitely explore the option.

Posts: 847
Joined: Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:50 pm
Location: Toronto and Markham

#5 Post by DrJasonKTam »

The outcome of your treatment is going to depend highly on how your malocclusion is to start off. If the open-bite is severely skeletal in nature, no movement of your teeth will be sufficient to close the open bite, and if they teeth do move, you run the risk of resorption or relapse.

TADs do intrude posterior teeth, but there is often a rebound in which the back teeth extrude again.

Invisalign treatment with select experienced providers has been very promising because of the posterior intrusion effect of the aligners.
Dr. Jason Tam
Toronto Invisalign, Scarborough braces, and Markham Orthodontist
Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider
Thrice Published in the Invisalign Case Gallery

Learn all about Toronto Invisalign at

Before and After Invisalign Video 1
Before and After Invisalign Video 2

Posts: 10
Joined: Sat Aug 01, 2009 1:53 pm

#6 Post by winston »

Hi all, and thanks for the replies. With the TADs, presumably the front upper teeth don't move at all. Am I right?

Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:11 pm

Re: Fixing anterior open bite without surgery.

#7 Post by bloggerg4 »

Absolutely can be done! With invisalign g4 ! I have had an anterior open bite for many years and was told fixed orthodontic braces may not get me the results I want ... and that my only option was surgery. I decided to try invisalign because I raed so many articles about open bite tratment with invisalign. Also there was a youtube video about a patient who had an open bite whose bite was corrected using invisalign.

I have a blog with pictures of my progress if you want proof. We are not authorized to post links here so I have posted the link in sections. When you type it in, please be aware that there are no spaces in the link. I have simply put them here so you can see the pictures

http:// invisaligng4. blogspot .com /

Post Reply