Common Orthodontic Problems

Common Orthodontic Problems

Some of the more common orthodontic conditions (in children and adults) and the complications they can cause include:

  • Overjet (protruded front teeth) - Unattractive and prone to damage 
  • Crowded Teeth - Unattractive, difficult to clean, bone damage and gum recession
  • Underbite (lower front teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth) - Unattractive and uneven wear of the front teeth
  • Deepbite (upper front teeth cover the lower teeth) - Excessive wear of the front teeth and gum and bone damage behind the upper front teeth
  • Openbite (upper and lower teeth don't meet in front) - Eating problems, speech problems, and excessive wear of those teeth which do meet; unattractive
  • Crossbite (upper jaw is too narrow, so lower jaw swings to one side to allow the teeth to mesh) - Biting and chewing difficulties 
  • Spacing (missing teeth or wide dental arch and small teeth) - Unattractive and allows teeth to shift out of position