Acrylic Cross-bite

A bite splint is a dental appliance typically made of acrylic that covers the teeth on one arch and can be made to manage a number of different dental conditions. Bite splints can be made of hard or soft dental acrylics. They are typically custom-made but there are over-the-counter varieties as well. The design of any particular bite splint depends on the patient’s tooth condition and bite, as well as the desired outcome. Bite splints can go by a number of different names depending on the application – including bite guard, bite plane, bite plate, night guard, or occlusal splint.


Treatment & Care

Other than certain technical considerations for each individual patient, it makes no difference whether the splint is worn on the upper or lower teeth. It is Doctor’s personal preference to use lower splints because many of his patients wear the splint all day and night. Lower splints tend to be more comfortable and allow better speech.

Full coverage splints cover all the upper or lower teeth. Because all the teeth are covered, the teeth under the splint are “retained” and cannot shift. In this case, bite changes are minimized because all the upper teeth are touching the splint. The patient can wear these splints safely for a long time.

Patients should clean daily with toothpaste to prevent the buildup of plaque and odor. Avoid Efferdent and other effervescent solutions, as it may erode components on the appliance. It is recommended to use products like Dent Soak or Retainer Splash.