Common Problems

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When the front teeth do not overlap at all, a patient's ability to chew correctly can be negatively impacted. This condition can be caused by several reasons, including thumb sucking, use of pacifiers, or tongue thrusting.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

Picture of underbite.A misaligned jaw can cause several different problems, including underbites, overbites, and crossbites. For patients with underbites, the bottom jaw typically extends farther out than the top jaw, and as a result the bottom teeth rest in front of the top. 

Crossbite

Picture of crossbite.When the jaw is left misaligned, patients can develop asymmetrical face shapes over time, and they may also wear down their teeth. 

Overbite

Picture of crowded teeth.Overbites occur in the opposite manner, with the upper jaw extending out too far. Patients with crossbites have to move their jaws to the side in order to close their mouths. This malocclusion, especially, can result in facial asymmetry.

Crowding

Overbite for jaw.With too little room in the mouth, teeth may grow in too close together, causing crowding. Patients may find it difficult to clean between their teeth adequately, which could lead to tooth decay and even periodontal disease

Spacing

Large spacing between teeth.In some cases, missing teeth or an excess of room on the jaw can cause the teeth to be spaced too far apart. Braces are frequently used to correct both of these problems, for both oral health and aesthetic reasons.  

Openbite

Openbite - orthodontic case.When the front teeth do not overlap at all, a patient's ability to chew correctly can be negatively impacted. This condition can be caused by several reasons, including thumb sucking, use of pacifiers, or tongue thrusting.

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