When teeth or jaw structure doesn’t fit together properly (referred to as malocclusions), it may cause speech difficulty, premature wear of teeth and enamel and increased risk of injury to teeth and jaw if left untreated. McReynolds Orthodontics specializes in straightening teeth, so you longer need to be concerned about these problems.
Types of problems may include:
- Crossbite – In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.
- Crowding – This occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding may make brushing and flossing difficult, contributing to tooth decay and gum disease. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and often, tooth removal can be avoided.
- Mismatched Midlines – Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.
- Openbite – Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause speech impediments or a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.
- Overbite – In an 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.
- Protrusion – The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to chipping.
- Spacing – Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.
- Underbite – In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.