Is it normal to have a bite block on just one side?

I'm a 28 year old male with a deep bite who just had braces installed today. Because of this deep bite, my orthodontist installed a bite block (blue) on one of my upper teeth. Is it normal to have only one of these installed (on a single side) instead of one on each side? Chewing feels very odd because I only have one tooth that contacts the opposing tooth.

Do you want to answer this question? Login or register now to answer this question.

No profile picture

Answer: Bite block during orthodontics

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

   Bite blocks are used during orthodontic treatment to protect the mandibular (lower) brackets from being knocked off.  This is almost always the case with a deep bite.  Placing the bite blocks allows the patient to continue to move forward with treatment of both arches simultaneously.  Without seeing your bite or knowing your molar relationship, it is hard to say if it is "odd".  Your orthodontist completed  three years of additional schooling to become a specialist.  Your bite will change several times throughout the course of your treatment, many times leaving you temporarily uncomfortable.  Remember this is a transition you must go through to achieve the smile you desire.  If you feel it may have been overlooked, simply call the orthodontic assistant, who will gladly answer any questions you may have.  

More Questions from Dental Braces

Lower and upper jaw positioning is not same

Hey sir how r u? Im right now having braces treatment since 2 n a half years and till now theres little difference in my teeth. My dentist says tht u will have to go for upper jaw surgery to move it back besides this everything is perfect. Im going...

What Indiana Dental Insurance Will Help Cover Cost of Adult Braces

I am needing help finding a local dental insurance working with a local orthodontist in the Bloomington, Indiana area. I am in need of braces and haven’t had dental insurance since spring of 2017 after being denied HIP because I make too much. I...

My Gap

SoI'vee had braces for 3 years and around that time period I also got expanders and while the expanders were on I was left with a gap and I was being told by my ortho that it's normal and it'll go away. So fast forward a couple of months later I got...

Removal of Braces

So my children were being seen by an orthodontist and both have braces on the top. I have since lost my job and cannot afford the cost of the braces as nothing was covered by my insurance. How much out of pocket would it cost for me to have them...

I Can’t Bite Down All The Way

I got my retainers a couple weeks ago, and I started putting them on. After a couple days, I notice that I can’t bite down all the way I think because of my back molars. Before I got my retainers and after getting my braces off, my teeth could...

Braces Teeth Connected At Root?

My son is 10 years and has his left front tooth growing behind his right coming in sideways. We went to an orthodontist. My son got braces and they started to move the tooth to the front. A year later the left tooth is behind the right tooth. The...

Gap Left After Braces

My son had braces as a teenager and after treatment was left with a gap between his left upper canine and the tooth between it and his front teeth. Before braces he had a gap between his front teeth that was closed with the braces. But this other...

Want a better smile - is it possible?

Hi I’m 18 and you can see my teeth in the photo provided. I used to suck mu thumb as a child and I’ve developed an overbite/overjet and I absolutely hate my smile. I’ve had braces since last July and I’m thinking about getting them off...

Research

Hello, My name is Bailey Hornberger and I am a current student at Youngstown State University. In my writing class, I am putting together a research paper on different types of orthodontic wires used in the industry. Part of the research...

Research

Hello, My name is Bailey Hornberger and I am a current student at Youngstown State University. In my writing class, I am putting together a research paper on different types of orthodontic wires used in the industry. Part of the research...