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Common Orthodontic Concerns

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Crowding

Crowding occurs when there is a lack of space for all the teeth to fit normally within the jaws. If not addressed, crowding can:

 
 

Crowding
  • prevent proper cleaning of all the surfaces of your teeth
  • cause dental decay
  • increase the chances of gum disease
  • prevent proper functioning of teeth
  • make your smile less attractive














Spacing

Spacing (opposite of crowding), is an excess of space for your teeth which results in gaps between your teeth. If not addressed,
spacing can:

 
 

Spacing
  • result in gum problems due to the lack of protection by the teeth
  • prevent proper functioning of the teeth
  • increase the chances of gum disease
  • prevent proper functioning of teeth
  • make your smile less attractive














Overbite

Overbite occurs when the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth. If not corrected, an overbite can:

 
 

Overbite
  • Cause improper functioning of your front teeth that may result in the
    lower front teeth biting into the gum tissue of the upper palate,
    producing tissue problems
  • unusual wear of the lower front teeth
  • cause jaw or joint problems
  • prevent proper functioning of teeth
  • make your smile less attractive














Overjet

Overjet is also known as protrusion. In this case, the upper teeth are too far ahead of the lower front teeth, or the lower front teeth are too far behind the upper front teeth. Overjet should be corrected because it can:

 
 

Overjet
  • prevent proper functioning of the front teeth
  • lead to premature wear of the teeth
  • cause jaw or joint problems
  • make your smile less attractive














Underbite

Underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth and is usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or a combination of the two. It is important for Dr. Kuppers to know if the underbite is present in any other family members. If not addressed, underbite can:

 
 

Underbite
  • prevent proper functioning of the front teeth or molars
    which can lead to premature wear of the teeth
  • cause chewing or eating problems
  • cause jaw or joint problems
  • make your smile less attractive














Crossbite

Crossbite can occur in the front and/or the sides of the mouth. One or more upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This can occur with a single tooth or multiple teeth. Early correction of a crossbite is recommended. If not addressed, crossbites can:

 
 

Crossbite
  • cause premature wear of the teeth
  • cause gum disease including bone loss
  • cause jaw and joint problems
  • cause asymmetrical development of the jaws
  • cause dysfunctional chewing patterns
  • make your smile less attractive














Openbite

Openbite is an insufficient vertical overlap of the teeth. It is caused by oral habits such as tongue thrust, digit sucking or when the jaws don’t grow evenly. Openbite should be corrected because it can:

 
 

OpenBite
  • cause improper functioning of your front teeth
  • cause eating and chewing problems
  • cause jaw and joint problems
  • cause unusual wear of posterior teeth
  • make your smile less attractive














Impacted Teeth

Impactions can be caused by improper positioning of the developing tooth bud. This can cause the tooth to fail to erupt into the mouth. Impactions can also be caused by early loss of primary teeth or crowding of teeth within the jaw. This problem should be corrected because it can:

 
 

Impacted
  • cause damage to the root structure of the adjacent teeth
  • interfere with the sinus cavity
  • leave unwanted spaces
  • lead to improper functioning of the teeth
  • cause premature wear or the teeth
  • cause asymmetric alignment of the teeth
  • make your smile less attractive














Missing Teeth

Missing teeth is the absence of a tooth or teeth that should normally be present. This problem should be corrected because it can:

 
 

MissingTeeth
  • cause improper functioning of teeth
  • cause premature wear of teeth
  • cause asymmetric alignment of the teeth
  • make your smile less attractive