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Common Problems

When a person’s teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to straighten teeth and promote ideal function. These problems, often referred to as malocclusions (or bad bites), can cause speech difficulty, premature war of the teeth and protective enamel and even increase the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints, if left untreated.

Underbite

In this case, the upper teeth are inside the lower teeth, which is also known as an underbite.

Spacing

In this case, there is a spacing problem in the upper jaw.

Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by upper front teeth protrusion. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

Crowding

If this patient’s case, the “eye” teeth are up higher than normal and the upper jaw has crowding.

Crossbite

In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.

Overbite

In a overbite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Openbite

Proper chewing is impacted by an openbite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbites may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Midlines

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