BIMAX may sound like Baymax from Big Hero 6, but it is certainly not as lovable as the inflatable robot.
BIMAX stands for bimaxillary protrusion.
If you have BIMAX, your top and bottom teeth protrude outwards, causing your lips to stick out more than they should.
Many Asians have some degree of BIMAX, but severe BIMAX can mean:
- your front teeth don’t touch,
- you find it difficult to close your lips,
- or you have a very gummy smile, and
- you might not be able to chew properly and end up damaging your teeth from the way you bite.
One way you can improve BIMAX is by choosing invisible braces by a safe provider. This ensures you straighten your teeth without messing up your bite.
How Does Having BIMAX Affect You?
Having BIMAX means your mouth can look like it is always protruding out, which may give you a permanent pout.
If you have difficulty closing your lips because of your protruding teeth, you may also suffer from dry lips and find it challenging to brush the gums of your front teeth.
Sometimes your BIMAX may be related to an anterior open bite where your front teeth are not touching each other when you grin. This means you can’t chew as well with your front teeth and may be over-relying on your molars to chew. In the long term, your molars may be damaged from overuse.
In more severe cases, your breathing might be obstructed and you may struggle with sleep apnea, snoring or breathlessness in general.
Always insist on thorough dental consultations
With Zenyum, every step of your teeth-straightening journey is taken under the close supervision of a licensed, local orthodontist or dentist to ensure long-lasting, healthy results that you can definitely smile about.
What causes BIMAX?
BIMAX is partly genetic and a large proportion of Asians naturally have mild BIMAX due to their bone structure.
The thing is, if you have existing BIMAX, then opting for a less-than reputable braces provider could worsen the condition.
Reputable invisible braces providers provide you with in-person dental or orthodontic supervision so that any dental problems which arise will be detected and promptly addressed.
How Can You Avoid Severe BIMAX?
Invisible braces worn under the supervision of a qualified orthodontist or dentist can help treat BIMAX.
This is because orthodontists are trained to use invisible braces to correct your bite while straightening your teeth at the same time.
The best way to avoid getting severe BIMAX is to get your invisible braces from a provider who partners with qualified orthodontists or dentists every step of the way so you get regular dental advice about your teeth.
Why you should be very picky when getting invisible braces
A qualified orthodontist or dentist can ensure your teeth move correctly to their new positions without damaging your gums, teeth or your bite. Pursuing treatment without licensed, expert supervision could cause more issues and incur unwanted costs.
Don’t gamble with your smile. Stick to licensed dental professionals who know what they’re doing.