There are a variety of common problems our patients experience prior to beginning treatment
When a person’s teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the problem, straighten the teeth and promote ideal function. If left untreated, these orthodontic problems, often referred to as malocclusions (or bad bites), can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joints.
One of the common orthodontic problems is that of spacing. This is the opposite of crowding and occurs when there is too much room in your mouth for your teeth. As a result, rather than your teeth sitting nicely side-by-side, they grow apart, leaving you with big gaps.
Excessive protrusion of the upper front teeth – “buck teeth” – is by far the most common orthodontic problem.
Class II patients usually exhibit a convex facial profile with a recessed chin. In most cases, this problem has genetic origin.
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.
Another common problem associated with bite is an open bite. This is when your upper and lower teeth don’t meet when you bite at the back of your mouth. Ideally, when you bring your back molars together in a bite, your upper front teeth should slide over your lower front teeth, without any gaps occurring.
The opposite of an open bite is a reverse bite. This is when your lower teeth sit in front of your upper teeth. This occurs when your lower jaw protrudes forwards further than it ought too.
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