Common Problems

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Underbite

An 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

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

 

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The 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

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.

 

Crowding

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum.  Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.

 

Spacing

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

 

Openbite

Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap.  Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.

 

Dental Midlines not Matched

Dental 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.