When a person's teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the problem. If left untreated, these orthodontic problems, often referred to as malocclusions, 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.
An underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending too far out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.
This malocclusion occurs when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.
The upper front teeth extend too far out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite.
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums.
Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.
Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap.
Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately.