Common Problems

Orthodontic problems can affect anyone, as teeth are rarely naturally perfect. Malocclusion, or a “bad bite,” can lead to chewing, oral hygiene, speaking, and appearance issues. A bad bite can be inherited or caused by thumb sucking, dental disease, poor dental hygiene, accidents, congenital disabilities, or other medical conditions.

Understanding the orthodontic issue you or your child may have is the first step to correcting it. Treatment provided by Dr. Jeannie Moody and her team can enhance both your bite’s functionality and your smile’s appearance.

Here are some examples of the most common orthodontic problems we see in our practice:

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by a severe overjet or “buck teeth” look.  This can be dangerous in an accident since the lower teeth do not support the upper teeth to prevent breakage.

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, causing discomfort and TMJ issues. If left untreated, this can also prematurely wear down the enamel on lower teeth and require a lifetime of dental restorations to repair.

Crossbite

When the mouth is closed, the upper and lower teeth do not come together, causing an opening between the upper and lower jaw. This can affect speech and food chewing/swallowing, resulting in digestive health issues and poor jaw development during growth years.

Openbite

Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause some unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.

Crowding

Crowding occurs when there isn’t enough space for teeth to fit properly within the upper or lower jaws.  This happens when there is a mismatch between the size of the teeth and the size of the jaw or when the teeth are too large for the the available space.

Spacing

Spacing problems may be caused by gaps between teeth that are not caused by missing teeth. If the jaw size is too big for the size of the teeth, it can be a hereditary issue. This condition is the opposite of crowding.

Underbite

The lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth, which is usually a result of an anterior crossbite, inhibited upper jaw development due to breathing or health issues, or abnormally large lower jaw development.