Orthodontic Treatment is necessary to straighten teeth in the event that a patient’s teeth or jaw structure do not fit together. If left untreated, such problems can cause speech difficulty and premature wear of the teeth. Furthermore, these can cause serious issues and even injuries to teeth and jaw joints in the future. It is important to identify any problems early on so that an orthodontist can sort any issues immediately.The most common conditions that affect teeth and jaw structure are the following:
Missing teeth or irregular tooth formation can cause spacing issues. This may only be an aesthetic issue, however, it is important that to address this if you are feeling uncomfortable with your oral image.
Underbite & Overbite
An underbite is caused when your lower front jaw is protruded forward, causing the lower front teeth to appear in front of the upper teeth. Our orthodontist can fix this by retracting the jaw to align with your teeth structure. The opposite of underbite is overbite. This is when the front teeth significantly extend in front of the lower teeth. This causes the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth and can cause severe discomfort and pain.
When teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum, the condition is known as crowding. Although tooth removal can help fix the issue if left untreated, our orthodontist can apply the technique of expansion, thus avoiding loss of teeth.
A crossbite is when the upper teeth sit on the interior of the lower teeth. This causes tooth stratification and misalignment of jaw growth.
Proper chewing is effected by an openbite, in which there is a gap between the upper and lower front teeth. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.
These conditions can cause significant pain and discomfort and in some cases present cosmetic or aesthetic eyesores. By identifying what condition you have and getting it treated early on by an orthodontist, you can ensure proper teeth and jaw function. Contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist.