The mouth is a compact and precise area, and even minor imprecisions in the teeth can lead to issues as a result. There are several different bite issues out there that may affect you or your child, and at Redwood Orthodontics, our services for Invisalign and other types of braces can provide the solution.
What are some of these bite issues, and what do you need to know about them? Here are the most common.
Crossbite is an issue where one or more of the upper teeth bites down toward the inside of the lower teeth. This can occur with a single tooth or with multiple teeth, and it can occur either on the front or in the side of the mouth.
With crossbite, getting to it early is important – it can cause premature wearing, gum disease, dysfunctional chewing patterns and asymmetrical development of the jaws. It can also damage smile quality.
Openbite is defined as an insufficient vertical overlap of the teeth, and it has actual human causes. People who commonly thrust their tongue or suck digits will have openbite more often, though it can also develop in others whose jaws simply don’t grow in evenly. Once again, early treatment is vital here – openbite can be corrected using braces, or occasionally oral surgery if necessary. For children with oral habits like digit sucking, look for ways to limit these behaviors.
Overbite is when the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth, and can also be known as a deep bite in some cases. Overbite can lead to improper tooth function, tissue problems and jaw or joint issues. It can be corrected through re-aligning teeth to open the bite, so the deep bite is eliminated.
Overjet, also known as protrusion, is when the lower teeth are too far behind the upper teeth. Like openbite, overjet can be caused or exacerbated by oral habits like finger sucking or tongue thrusting. It can be corrected using a functional appliance, and/or elastics to reduce skeletal imbalances.
Underbite is when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, and it’s another where early attention is vital. It can lead to chewing or eating problems, plus can lead to premature tooth wearing. Underbite treatments will vary based on the severity.
Want to learn more about various bite issues, or interested in any of our corrective or preventive orthodontic services? Speak to the experts at Redwood Orthodontics today.