What are the Most Common Orthodontic Problems Doctors See?

At ARCH Orthodontics, we are committed to treating all orthodontic issues and evaluate the oral health of all of our patients for potential problems that would require more extensive treatment in the future. By doing this, our team is able to save you time, money, and frustration. When patients first come in, there are a handful of common orthodontic problems we see.

Overbite

An overbite is when the upper teeth excessively cover the lower teeth. This can cause the teeth to quickly wear down teeth and can cause the lower to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Underbite

The opposite of an overbite, an underbite is when your jaw extends beyond your upper jaw, causing your lower teeth to cover the upper teeth.

Openbite

An openbite happens when the back teeth clench when you smile and your upper and lower teeth do not make contact. This tends to be a common orthodontic problem often caused by thumb sucking. An openbite can also make chewing and speech difficult.

Crossbite

A crossbite happens when one or more of the upper teeth sit behind the lower teeth. This can cause problems with the way the jaw grows and functions over time. Crossbites can happen on both sides of the month, or only one side.

Spacing

Spacing issues can be caused by small or missing teeth, a wide dental arch, among other causes and can affect the aesthetic of the mouth.

Crowding

When your teeth don’t have enough space in the mouth, they can become crowded and crooked. By expanding the jaw, we are able to create enough room for your teeth to sit comfortably.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

When the upper teeth extend too far forward or the lower teeth do not extend forward enough. This is caused by the jaw not growing harmoniously together.

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