Who Should See an Orthodontist

If you notice a problem with the alignment of your teeth or that of your child, you should visit DentalToday - Orthodontics. That is a clear sign that you or that child need to see an orthodontist to get that problem sorted out. When jaws and teeth do not develop properly, malocclusion can occur. Malocclusion is basically a variation in the positioning of the teeth. Malocclusion affects the appearance of the teeth, severe malocclusion can affect speech, eating, and the ability to keep the teeth clean. Orthodontic treatment can help treat the following conditions associated with malocclusion.

Crowding

Crowding is when the teeth are packed together and there is not enough space for all of them. An orthodontist may remove one or more teeth to create space for the others.

Spacing

Here there are gaps between the teeth. This can be because the teeth do not fill up the mouth or that there is a missing tooth. Spacing is the opposite of crowding.

Protruding front teeth

An orthodontist can treat this condition and improve the appearance of the teeth protecting them from falls and injuries.

Asymmetrical teeth

This is where the lower and upper teeth do not match. In some cases, the teeth continue showing even when the mouth is closed.

Impacted teeth

This is where the adult tooth only emerges partially or it does not emerge from the bone or gum.

Open bite

This is where there is an opening between the lower and upper teeth when the teeth are clenched.

Reverse bite

Here the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth when the teeth are clenched.

Deep bite/Overbite

Here the upper teeth come down too far over the lower teeth when the teeth are clenched.

Crossbite

Here when the teeth are clenched, at least one of the upper teeth doesn't come down a little over the lower ones. The teeth are basically too close to the tongue or cheek.

Underbite

Here the lower teeth are too far in front or the upper teeth are too far back.

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