Week in Review: 4-7-16
Bite blocks are small clear acrylic (plastic) blocks that are typically placed on the back of two of your upper front teeth. They aid in the correction of a deep bite in cases when the top and bottom front teeth overlap each other by too much, often nearly completely. Left untreated, deep bite can lead to significant tooth damage over time. Ideally, we want to see nearly equal amounts of both the upper and lower front teeth when they bite together, with a minimal amount of overlap.
Q & A with Courtney W.
Q: How did you become an expert on bite blocks?
A: I have braces, and bite blocks too. I had to learn how to chew with them. When you first get bite blocks and try to bite together, only your front teeth will touch (against the bite blocks) and that means that your back teeth won’t touch in the beginning.
Q: How have you used this expertise?
A: I helped my brother and one of my best friends when they got their bite blocks.
Q: How did you help them?
A: They asked me “How do you eat???” I told them that for the first week you don’t want to use your front teeth to chew anything because they will be sore. The thing that worked for me was lots of smoothies and ice cream. (Courtney is my kind of girl!) Mac and cheese was good too. After that first week, I didn’t even notice them anymore.