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Common Bite Problems

Orthodontic treatment involves the use of appliances to correct and align the teeth and jaws. It focuses on addressing malocclusions which literally means a “bad bite”.

Untreated malocclusions can lead to a variety of problems:

  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
  • Openbites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.

Some of the types of bite problems which we seek to correct are:

Overbite

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.

Crossbite

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

Openbite

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

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion.

Spacing

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

Dental midlines mismatched

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact the jaw and proper dental function.

Upper front teeth protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterised by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

Impacted teeth

Impacted teeth don’t have sufficient space to erupt. Orthodontic treatment involves creating space to allow the impacted tooth to erupt.

"Aligning your bite is just as important as straightening your teeth."