Jaw irregularities can lead to numerous oral health problems if left untreated. Most jaw irregularities can be corrected via orthodontic treatment, and only in more severe cases is corrective jaw surgery required. The goal of treatment is to decrease premature tooth enamel loss, risk or jaw injury, and gum disease. Please read below for different types of jaw irregularities that are typically corrected with orthodontic work.
- Gaps and over-spacing between teeth can be caused from an accident or trauma which resulted in loosing a tooth, gum disease that weakened a tooth root and it eventually fell out, or simply genetics.
- Crossbite occurs when the upper teeth sit behind the lower teeth when the jaw is fully closed. Leaving a crossbite untreated can result in misaligned jaw growth or tooth stratification.
- An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth sit too far out from the lower front teeth when the jaw is completely closed.
- Overcrowding can occur when there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate all adult teeth once they have erupted. If caught early and corrected they may be no need for tooth extractions.
- An open bite occurs when the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Childhood habits, like tongue thrusting, is the most frequent cause of an open bite. Individuals who suffer from an open bite will have a very difficult time properly chewing food.
- An underbite is the result of lower jaw extending out too far allowing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth then the jaw is shut.
If you are suffering from any of the above ailments, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. During your appointment we will evaluate your oral health and teeth alignment; then using this information we will recommended the proper course of orthodontic treatment.