February 12th, 2018
It is a common problem where people’s jaws or teeth do not fit together as they should. When this problem arises, orthodontic treatment might be required to help correct the issue. However, if the problem is left untreated, these issues, which are commonly called malocclusions, might cause difficulties with speech, an increase for injury to the teeth or jaws, and even premature wear of the teeth and the protective enamel on the teeth. Your Frisco and Allen Texas Orthodontists look into several common malocclusions that they see on a regular basis.
A crossbite is a malocclusion when the upper teeth sit just inside the lower teeth. This causes stratification of the lower teeth, and it can also misalign the jaws. When trying to close the mouth, a patient with this malocclusion must move their lower jaw to the side or forward just slightly to close properly. This often brings about a facial asymmetry or improper use of the patient’s lower jaws.
It can be difficult to chew with this malocclusion since openbite results in the failure to overlap the teeth on the upper and lower jaws. An openbite causes several unwanted habits as well as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Early intervention and evaluation are ideal for correcting this issue.
When the front teeth on the upper jaw extend too far forward over the lower teeth, it might cause the lower teeth in the front to bite into the roof of your mouth. This malocclusion is called an overbite. People with an overbite might be said to have a gummy smile with excessive wear of the incisors and protruding lips.
One of the most common malocclusions in a patient is the underbite. This bite is characterized by the position of the lower jaw, which extends too far out. In turn, it causes the lower teeth in the front to sit just in front of the front teeth on the upper jaw.
When the teeth in the mouth have little to no room to extend from the gums, it is known as crowding. Crowding is one of the main reasons for braces, and it has even been linked to various periodontal issues as well as dental decay because of difficulty in cleaning the teeth due to overlapping surfaces.
Spacing is a common issue where the teeth are not touching. Often this is caused by a missing tooth or cosmetic issues. It is also the opposite of crowing, where there is excessive room in the jaws for the size of the teeth. Spacing can be fixed with braces as well, depending on the size of the spaces between the teeth.
Protrusion of the Upper Front Teeth
This bite issue is characterized by the extension of the upper teeth too far forward or by the failure to extend far enough forward by the lower teeth. The function and appearance of the teeth are impacted by this dental issue.
Unmatched Dental Midlines
A negative impact on jaw function is dental midlines that are not matched. This is evident when the back bite of both the upper and lower jaw doesn’t match or fit together in the right way. This can cause several negative issues for the patient like negative jaw function of the function of dental habits overall.
While there are several different types of malocclusions or jaw bites out there, at Rendon Orthodontics, we can thoroughly evaluate your teeth and provide the proper care to help improve the look of your smile and the function of your jaws and teeth. Not only will you feel more confident, but you can better take care of your smile with the right care.