Here at Feinstein 360 Orthodontics, we are committed to treating all your orthodontic problems so you can enjoy the benefits of a smile that is strait, healthy and functional. We want you to achieve and maintain your “Feinest” smile for life! Our experienced orthodontist and team offer solutions for common orthodontic problems, and will work one-on-one with you to evaluate your teeth and mouth and design a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
Common orthodontic problems include:
Your bite plays an important role in your oral health. A bad bite, or malocclusion, occurs when your teeth do not fit together properly, or do not fit together at all. Orthodontic treatment corrects these bad bites so you can eat and speak properly, as well as achieve better oral growth and development and avoid additional problems in the future. Below is some information about the most common types of bad bites:
This type of bite occurs when the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth. Crossbites may affect individual teeth or multiple teeth, and if not corrected can cause lopsided jaw growth and worn tooth enamel, among other problems.
Deep Bites (Overbites)
Deep bites occur when the upper teeth cover the bottom front teeth. In some cases, the upper teeth may bite into the lower gums, or the lower teeth may bite into the roof of the mouth. This type of bite increases your risk of developing gum disease and may lead to worn tooth enamel.
An open bite is when the back teeth come together but the front teeth do not meet at all. This is often caused by bad oral habits, such as thumb or finger sucking, pacifier use, tongue thrusting or mouth breathing. Some open bites also occur in the back of the mouth, when the front teeth meet but the back teeth do not. Open bites often cause issues with chewing, swallowing and speaking.
Underbites occur when the lower jaw sits in front of the upper jaw, causing the lower teeth to overlap the top teeth. This can cause tooth wear and abnormal stress on the jaw.
Overcrowding can occur when there is not enough space to accommodate all your teeth properly. This may happen as a result of:
- Larger permanent teeth
- A jaw that is too small
- Teeth which rotate, overlap or become crooked
Crowded teeth are more difficult to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing, and if not corrected will increase your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease or other problems.
Gapped and spaced teeth occur when there is too much space between the teeth. This is usually the result of small teeth or oversized jaws, and can lead to cavities and gum disease if not corrected.
Protruding teeth, also known as “buck teeth,” may occur for a number of reasons, such as:
- An upper jaw that sits too far forward
- A lower jaw that sits too far back
- Teeth that have grown in at an incorrect angle
Protruding teeth have a greater risk of injury or breakage and may also contribute to drying out the oral tissues, the development of tooth decay and speech issues.
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