For jaws or teeth that are not in proper alignment may require orthodontic treatment to fix the issue. When orthodontic issues, often referred to as malocclusions, are not treated, the person may experience an increased risk of injury to the jaws and teeth, the premature wearing down of the teeth, and speech problems. Here is a list of problems that orthodontic treatment aims to prevent.
Upper Front Teeth Protrusion
Upper front teeth protrusion is a condition where the upper teeth extend far past the lower teeth. This condition is also the result of the lower teeth not moving forward enough. This issue can have an impact on the appearance of the teeth. It can also affect how the teeth function.
Crowding is the result of teeth not having enough room to rise from the gums properly, causing the teeth to overlap. The majority of people who get braces do so to correct overcrowding. Crowding not only ruins smiles, it results in periodontal problems. Because it’s harder to clean teeth that overlap, the chances of tooth decay increase.
An underbite occurs when the bottom jaw extends too far. A person with an underbite has lower teeth that partially cover the front upper teeth.
A crossbite occurs when the lower and upper teeth don’t meet correctly. This causes the upper teeth to sit inside the lower teeth. People with a crossbite need to move their jaw to the side or forward to close their mouth. This form of malocclusion can cause misaligned jaw growth and tooth stratification. A crossbite may also cause a person to develop facial asymmetry and prohibit the proper use of their lower jaw.
An open bite is characterized by the lower and upper front teeth not come into contact with each other. This malocclusion can affect how a person chews. It may be the result of bad habits, like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. It’s important to intervene early to correct an open bite.
Dental Mid-lines Do Not Match
It’s evident that a patient has a dental mid-line issues with the back bite is not aligned for matches properly. Dental mid-lines that do not match can have an adverse effect on dental and jaw function.
Overbites can lead to the wearing down of incisors, protruding lips, and a “gummy” smile. With an overbite, the teeth overlap the front lower teeth. For some people, an overbite can cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
Cosmetic issues with the teeth or missing teeth can cause spacing problems. Many people who get braces do so to correct a spacing issue. Crowding is the opposite of spacing. Spacing problems are caused by too much jaw room for the number of teeth in a person’s mouth.
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, please contact our team at Rick Herrman Orthodontics. We serve the Orthodontic needs of Mansfield, Arlington, Burleson, Texas. Your new smile is only a call away!