Common Problems

 

Underbite

When a patient has an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to be positioned in front of the upper front teeth.

Spacing

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

Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. Protrusion is characterized by the upper front teeth extending out over the lower front teeth or the lower teeth do not extend far enough forward.

Crowding

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. It is the most common reason for braces. Crowding is most commonly caused by insufficient jaw room for the size of the erupting teeth. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal problems and dental decay because it is harder to clean overlapping teeth's surfaces.

Crossbite

The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification 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.

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. Problems often associated with an overbite, sometimes referred to as a deepbite, include a "gummy" smile, protruding lips and excessive incisor wear.

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 or thumb sucking. An early evaluation and intervention is essential in correcting an openbite.

Midlines not Matching

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.