Common Bite Issues
There are several reasons why you may want to see an orthodontist, but the most common reason is that you suffer from one or more of these bite issues.
An overbite is a type of teeth misalignment wherein the upper teeth protrudes over the bottom teeth. In some cases, this results in the bottom teeth making contact with the roof of your mouth
If your teeth jut out beyond your dental arch then you are suffering from teeth protrusion. Not only can this affect the appearance of your smile, but it can also make chewing difficult. This bite issue can be corrected using braces.
While an overbite is characterized by upper teeth overlapping over the bottom teeth, overjet is when the lower arch is set behind the upper arch. This results in a horizontal gap between the top and bottom teeth. Tongue thrusting, thumb sucking and other similar habits can worsen this condition.
Crossbite is a bite issue that can affect one, a few or all of your teeth. The misalignment is evident by your top teeth biting into the inside of your lower teeth. This may cause you to intentionally adjust your jaw and bite to be more comfortable, which can cause other issues.
Crowding can occur when your teeth are too large for your jaw structure or your jaw structure is too small for your teeth. Because of insufficient space, teeth can end up crowded and misaligned.
While crowding is a result of insufficient space, spacing is a bite issue that results in gaps between the teeth. This can be due to smaller teeth combined with a larger jaw structure. These gaps can also be caused by dental habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting or certain swallowing habits.
Spacing can also be the consequence of extracted teeth. If you are experiencing any of these bite issues or you suspect you have a bite condition that is not mentioned here, then we recommend coming in for a complimentary consultation.