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.

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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.  

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