Common Orthodontic Problems

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.

Crossbite

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

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.

Dental Midlines not Matched

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.

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.

Spacing

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

Narrow Jaw

The jaw size is not correct for proper teeth eruption, breathing and/or eating.

Missing Teeth

The various consequences of missing teeth result in many oral problems. Such as the jaws may not align together properly which can affect the function of mastication/chewing. Pain in the facial muscles/jaws due to an improper bite. Difficulty with speech. Aesthetically unpleasing as the facial muscles may ‘sag’ and gaps in the teeth might appear unsightly. Tilting of adjacent teeth into the space vacated by the missing ones – can make things harder to clean. Supra-eruption of the opposing tooth into the space (ie a top tooth drifts down as there is nothing below to stop it doing so). Food entrapment and plaque accumulation in the gaps leading to more decay and gum disease. Last but not the least, your confidence might take a beating because of the change in appearance.