Crooked and misaligned teeth are harder to clean, putting you at risk of having various dental conditions. They may also affect your appearance, speech and eating habits. In today’s post, your orthodontics experts discuss some common problems you may encounter.
An overbite happens when your upper front teeth stick out so much that they cover your lower teeth. This is why it’s sometimes referred to as “buck teeth.” This may cause your lower teeth to constantly graze the roof of your mouth, making it difficult to chew.
An underbite occurs when your lower jaw outgrows the upper one. This may result in having your lower dental arch extend beyond your upper teeth, leading to a “bulldog-like” appearance.
Ideally, your upper and lower teeth meet together when you’re biting down or at least the upper ones settle a little outside the lower ones. However, individuals with crossbite may notice that their upper and lower dental arches are not aligned with each other. This is a common problem among kids, especially before they get their permanent teeth.
For those with an open bite, your lower and upper teeth do not make contact when you’re clenching them. You may have problems chewing, speaking or even whistling. This problem often develops if you used to constantly finger or thumb suck when you were younger.
A jawbone that’s too small may not be able to provide enough space for your teeth. As a result, your teeth may become too crowded, resulting in malocclusions.
Teeth with wide gaps often develop when your jaw is too big or you have missing teeth. This may cause food to get stuck between the spaces, increasing your risk of having dental plaque. It may also affect your appearance.
If you have any of these dental concerns, your reliable dentist is ready to help you. At Loveland Dental Group, we offer traditional braces, Invisalign® and other orthodontic treatments to manage these problems and help you achieve a more beautiful smile. Call us today at (704) 312-8889, or complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Cornelius, Huntersville and nearby North Carolina areas.