Common Bite Problems

common-oral-problemsAt City Orthodontics, your local Toronto orthodontists, we specialize in treatment that includes Invisalign, metal braces and clear braces. Some common problems that can be fixed with orthodontic treatment are referred to as malocclusions or bad bites. These result from the teeth or jaw structure not fitting together properly and can lead to a variety of complications. Common problems like these can benefit from treatment, so learn more below and schedule an evaluation today!

  • Introduction

    When a person’s teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to straighten teeth and promote ideal function. These 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 teeth and jaw joints, if left untreated.

  • Underbite

    In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

  • Spacing

    Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth or because the teeth are proportionally too small for the size of the jaw bones where they are. Spacing is not only an unfavorable esthetic problem but it may lead to gum issues in the long run.

  • Protrusion

    The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by upper front teeth protrusion. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

  • Crowding

    Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.

  • Crossbite

    Normally the upper teeth overlap the lower ones. In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth. Crossbites tend to get worse over time and therefore they are important to correct as soon as possible.

  • Overbite

    In an 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.

  • Openbite

    Proper chewing is impacted by an openbite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbites may be caused by habits as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

  • Midlines

    Dental midline that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.