Most Common Orthodontic Cases and How to Resolve Them

Posted August 24, 2020 by in Health + Fitness
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There are many common orthodontic issues people experience, and there are different treatments for different cases. If certain orthodontic issues are not fixed, they could cause health issues, such as wear on the teeth and enamel as well as speech difficulties. 

Keep your teeth and jaw health up to par by fixing your orthodontic problems. Keep reading to learn more about different orthodontic cases and their treatment so that you can take the steps to resolve any issues you may be having:

Underbites and Overbites 

Underbites refer to an orthodontic case in which the lower jar extended father out. This causes the bottom front teeth to sit in front of the upper teeth.

An overbite occurs when the upper teeth reach too far out over the bottom teeth. This may cause the lower teeth to hit or bite into the roof of the mouth. Overbites can cause irritation to the roof the mouth as well as the lips, as the teeth may protrude into the lips and inner mouth. 

Both of these issues may be fixed with braces

Crowding and Spacing 

Crowding occurs when teeth are too close together and don’t have the room they need to erupt from the gums. This is the most common reason for braces and may be fixed using invisible braces. Click here to learn more about the benefits of invisible braces.

Many get braces to correct crowding for cosmetic reasons, but it can also cause issues with dental health. Tooth decay can occur in areas where the teeth are overlapping and more difficult to reach when brushing. 

Spacing in the teeth can occur when a tooth is missing, or may just be the natural way the teeth come in. Most commonly, there is too much jaw room for the size of incoming teeth. This issue can also be fixed using braces. 

Crossbite and Openbite 

A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, causing misaligned jaw growth. In some cases, to close the jaw, a patient will have to move the lower jaw forward or to the side. This can affect the jaw negatively over time and may cause facial asymmetry. 

An openbite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not overlap. This can be caused by a variety of habits, such as tongue thrusting or thumb sucking. This issue can affect proper chewing and should be intervened as early as possible to correct the habit and realigning the teeth using braces and/or mouth guards. 

A Few of the Most Common Orthodontic Cases 

Now that you know more about these common orthodontic cases, you can figure out which one you may be suffering from and how to resolve it. Avoid any of the causes or habits that may lead to these orthodontic issues to keep your teeth and jaw as healthy as possible. Corrective treatments, such as braces and retainers can help to fix some of these common issues. 

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