Common Orthodontic Problems
Orthodontic problems are divided into three main categories called Class I, Class II, and Class III malocclusion.
This condition occurs when your jaws line up with each other but your teeth do not mesh together properly. You may have teeth that are either too small or too large for the size of your jaw. This can make it difficult to chew properly.
This condition is known as an overbite. It occurs when the upper jaw grows too much and sticks out, or when the lower jaw doesn’t grow enough and recedes. In cases of extreme severity, surgical correction may be required.
This condition is sometimes referred to as an underbite. It occurs when the lower jaw has outgrown the upper one. Surgical correction may be required to correct this condition.
Other Common Orthodontic Problems
There are three other common orthodontic problems that can accompany any type of malocclusion.
When teeth are positioned in a manner which prevent the teeth from closing together completely. The molars touch, but the front teeth do not meet. This makes eating very difficult because you can’t bite food into pieces.
The upper teeth overlap the lower teeth too much, causing the lower incisors to press into the roof of the mouth when you chew.
One or more of the upper teeth, which normally fit just outside the lower teeth, actually close inside the lower teeth. Correction of a crossbite at an early age (7-12 years) provides a more stable result.