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When a person's teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the problem. If left untreated, these orthodontic problems, often referred to as malocclusions, can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joints.

Underbite

underbiteAn underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending too far out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

 

Crossbite

crossbiteThis malocclusion occurs when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause abnormal erosion of teeth and misaligned jaw growth. In order to close the mouth, patients usually move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing. This incorrect bite results in an improper use of the lower jaws and sometimes brings about facial asymmetry.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion (Overjet)

protrusionThe appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

Overbite

overbiteThe upper front teeth reach too far down over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. A major problem that can occur with an overbite is severe attrition (wear) of the front teeth, and if left untreated, could necessitate restorative work by a general dentist.

 

Crowding

crowdingCrowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums. It is the most common reason for braces. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal problems and dental decay because it is harder to clean between overlapping teeth.

Spacing

spacingSpacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue. Spacing is another popular reason for braces. The opposite of crowding, spacing is most commonly caused by excessive jaw room for the size of the erupting teeth.

 

Openbite

openbiteProper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. An openbite is usually associated with abnormal muscle function in the mouth, such as tongue thrusting or can be caused by deleterious habits, such as thumb sucking or lip chewing. An early evaluation and intervention is essential in correcting an openbite because the longer the openbite has been present the more difficult the correction is.

Dental Midlines not Matched

midlinesDental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw function and proper dental function.

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