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Orthodontic Disorders

The most common type of orthodontic problem is a malocclusion, also referred to as a “bad bite”. Below are are examples of malocclusions including the commonly known overbite and underbite.

Crossbite

This is something that is seen in the front and sides of the mouth. When upper teeth decide to zig when they should have zagged, crossbite can appear. The situation can result in tooth wear, gum disease, poor jaw growth and struggle chewing. The good news is this condition can be corrected through braces and retainers.

Openbite

Openbite_cc2We now call this meeting of Thumb Suckers Anonymous to order. The piece of business we need to discuss is openbite, which can be a result of bad oral habits and uneven jaw growth. This is also something that can be addressed with braces, surgery or just putting away your thumb.

Overbite

Overbite_ccOverbite is when the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth. While your lower teeth might enjoy the shade, this unfortunately also leaves tissue and wearing problems and can even effect how well your teeth work. Just like the other conditions that we’re talking about, this issue can also be corrected through orthodontic procedures.

Overjet

Overjet-1_ccAs cool as a word like overjet sounds, it’s not a fun thing to have. It actually means your lower teeth are too far behind your upper teeth. This can be cause by misalignments, imbalances and other factors. Plus, overjet has the ability to negatively impact those with already bad oral habits like thumb sucking. However, with orthodontic appliances and elastics, it can be treated.

Underbite

Underbite_ccYou’re smart enough to have guessed that underbite is the opposite of overbite. This condition comes with many of the same causes as overbite too. The causes just have negative effects in the other direction. While they may be opposites, the same orthodontic solutions to overbites can be applied to underbites.

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