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Common Bite Problems That Can Be Corrected With Orthodontic Treatment

There are a number of dental and orthodontic issues that can be successfully treated with proper orthodontic care. Today we take a look at several common bite problems.

Crowding

When there isn’t enough space in the mouth for all the permanent teeth, the teeth become crowded, overlapping on one another. This is one of the most common reasons for orthodontic treatment like braces and aligners. Aside from impacting appearance, this overlap can also sometimes lead to increased decay.

Upper Teeth Protrusion

Also colloquially called “buck teeth,” this bite problem occurs when the upper teeth stick out further than the bottom teeth. This affects how the teeth look and function.

Crossbite

When the top and bottom teeth don’t meet correctly, the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth creating a crossbite. In many cases, the misalignment can create other problems, including misaligned jaw growth, impaired use of the jaw and even facial asymmetry.

Underbite

When the bottom jaw protrudes further than it should, the lower teeth can cover the upper teeth, resulting in an underbite.

Spacing

When the teeth are too far apart, or in the event of tooth loss, there is excess space where visible gaps can occur. This is another common reason for treatment.

Open Bite

Aptly named, an open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not come in contact, impacting how you chew. This particular malocclusion (another word for misalignment) can be a result of habitual behavior, including thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.

Asymmetric Midlines

This bite is characterized as a misalignment that causes the centerline of the upper and lower teeth to not line up properly. This bite can also cause functional jaw problems.

Overbite

When the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth, it’s called an overbite. This can cause improper tooth wear and affect the smile.

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