Common Problems

Welcome to our Common Problems page! Here, you’ll find examples of common orthodontic malocclusions and their definitions.

Malocclusions: Malocclusions (bad bites) result from the jaw structure or the teeth not fitting together correctly. This can lead to a host of complications if not addressed.

Here are some common malocclusion examples:

A cross-bite is when the upper teeth sit inside of the lower teeth. This crooked alignment may lead to misaligned jaw growth and tooth stratification.

Correct chewing is greatly impacted by an open-bite. In this occurrence, the lower and upper front teeth do not overlap. Open-bite often can cause a variety of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.

When the upper teeth vertically cover too much of the lower front teeth, there is an overbite. In some instances, the lower front teeth can uncomfortably make contact and bite into the top of the mouth.

When the front upper teeth horizontally protrude past the front lower teeth, there is an overjet. This pronounced condition greatly increases the chances of trauma occurring in those front teeth.

When the back bite does not match and fit appropriately, this kind of problem can occur. It can negatively impact proper dental function and also affect jaw function.

Spacing problems may be an aesthetic or cosmetic issue or it may be caused by missing teeth.

When teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum, crowding occurs. Oftentimes, tooth removal can be avoided and crowding can be corrected by expansion. Sometimes however, it may be more beneficial to remove the teeth and apply an orthodontic appliance to help move the teeth into place.

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