Common Orthodontic Problems
What kinds of problems do orthodontists address? The most common orthodontic problems are:
- Overbite: In the case of overbite, the front upper teeth overlap the front bottom teeth, and the problem can be so severe that the lower teeth actually bite into the roof of your mouth.
- Crossbite: When you have a crossbite, the upper teeth fall inside the lower teeth, and this can cause problems with jaw growth and tooth stratification.
- Openbite: Openbite means that the upper and lower front teeth do not touch, and this can cause problems with chewing or contribute to tongue thrusting.
Other orthodontic problems include:
- Crowding: When there isn't enough room for teeth to fully erupt properly, it can lead to crowding, causing teeth to come in at angles or to overlap with other teeth.
- Spacing: Spacing is the opposite of the crowding problem, leaving teeth with gaps between them.
- Dental midlines not matched: When the bite of back teeth doesn't match, it can contribute to jaw problems.