When you bite into something, your teeth should fit together like puzzle pieces. If you find yourself struggling to take a proper bite or if your teeth don’t fit together properly, then it’s time to learn about the anatomy of a proper bite. Let’s break down what makes for good taste and how to achieve it.

The Proper Bite Anatomy 

A proper bite has two components—occlusion and restorative dentistry. Occlusion is how your upper and lower teeth contact when you close your mouth. This can be impacted by genetics, lifestyle, age, habits like thumb sucking or mouth breathing, and even trauma. Restorative dentistry refers to the restoration of broken or missing teeth, which are often caused by wear and tear over time. Both occlusion and restorative dentistry are important components that lead to a proper bite.  

Occlusion & Teeth Alignment 

When the upper and lower sets of teeth fit together in the correct alignment, this is known as an ideal occlusion. An ideal occlusion occurs when all four quadrants have perfect symmetry between them—that is when each upper tooth exactly corresponds with each lower tooth for every single tooth in both sets. Furthermore, an ideal occlusion also requires that there is an equal force on both sides of the arch when biting down—in other words, not just symmetry but balance as well! 

Restorative Dentistry & Replacing Missing Teeth 

If any of your teeth are missing due to injury or age-related wear-and-tear then restorative dentistry can help restore that missing piece so that you can have an even better chance at achieving an ideal occlusion. There are several options available for replacing missing teeth such as implants or bridges depending on your specific needs and budget constraints. Additionally, restorative dentistry can also help restore any existing misalignments resulting from prior trauma or dental work that went wrong; these issues can be corrected through braces or clear aligners!  


Having a proper bite isn’t just important for aesthetic purposes – it’s essential for optimal oral health! Achieving a proper bite requires the combination of both occlusions – which involves perfect alignment between all four quadrants – as well as restorative dentistry – which involves restoring any broken or missing pieces through implants or bridges if necessary. With some patience and possibly some corrective treatment options too, you will soon be able to experience the joys (and comfort!) of having a properly aligned set of teeth! So next time you take a bite out of something delicious – make sure it’s with confidence knowing that everything fits together perfectly!

How should my teeth sit when I bite properly?

When you bite properly, your upper and lower front teeth should fit slightly over the back of each other, as if they were overlapping like a jigsaw puzzle. Additionally, your molars should fit together so that all of the biting surfaces meet evenly and in alignment.

What will happen if my teeth don’t fit together correctly when I bite?

If your teeth don’t fit together correctly when you bite, it can lead to issues such as jaw pain, headaches, tooth wear and even broken teeth in some cases. It is important to have proper alignment between your upper and lower jaws so that you can bite down comfortably without putting too much strain on any one area of your mouth.  

What signs may I need to visit a dentist to adjust my bite? 

Signs that you may need to visit a dentist for an adjustment to your bite include grinding, clicking or popping noises when you open or close your mouth; discomfort while eating; changes in the way your front teeth line up; or pain around the jaw joint area.