Bite Issues

Overbite

This occurs when the upper teeth encase the lower teeth too deeply, sometimes resulting in the bottom front teeth making contact with the gum tissue on the roof of your mouth.

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Teeth Protrusion

Teeth that protrude too far forward and outside your dental arch will affect both your appearance and the function of your bite. Braces can be used to correct this condition.

Crossbite

This can occur in a variety of ways, but is best described by your top and bottom teeth being misaligned from side-to-side such that your upper teeth bite inside, rather than outside, of your bottom teeth. This can occur with just one, a few, or all of the teeth. Individuals with a crossbite will often incorrectly posture their bites to be more comfortable in an effort to compensate for this issue.

Overjet

This occurs when the upper teeth extend further forward than the bottom teeth. This can also occur when the lower teeth do not adequately reach the upper teeth.

Crowding

This typically occurs in individuals who have large teeth, a smaller jaw structure, or a combination of these conditions. This results in there being inadequate room in the mouth for all of your teeth to fit with proper alignment.

Spacing

This typically occurs in individuals who have small teeth, larger jaw structures, or a combination of these conditions. It can also result from other conditions such as tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, abnormal swallowing habits or previously extracted teeth. Spacing is characterized by gaps between some or all of your teeth.

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If one of these bite issues describe what you experience, or you suspect other bite issues, please contact us for an orthodontic consultation and we can discuss the possibility of orthodontic treatment and correction. It’s the first step to a new, beautiful smile!

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