Braces 101

Common Orthodontic Problems

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

This common habit will flare the top teeth forward, tip the lower teeth back, and create a narrow upper jaw shape that can put the back teeth into a crossbite.

Normally the tongue pushes against the roof of the mouth when a person swallows. Sometimes, however, a person can develop a habit in which the tongue pushes forward against the back of the front teeth when they swallow. This undesired habit will create an open bite in the front.