Common Bite Problems
Bite problems are often from teeth misalignments that affect the function of teeth and jaws. Malocclusions have far-reaching implications for your oral and overall health. Bite problems could have an impact on your self-esteem and the ability to speak or chew food. If untreated, malocclusions may lead to loss of teeth, gum disease, and jawbone resorption. Our highly skilled team at Rendon Orthodontics can help you find the right solution for your bite problems.
An Underbite and Its Implications
An underbite is where the lower teeth extend further forward than the upper teeth. The extent of jaw misalignment can range from mild to severe. Milder cases of an overbite are hardly noticeable. However, some of the malocclusions are more serious and may cause the patient to be self-conscious.
An underbite causes the wear and tear of the front teeth as they rub against the teeth on the lower jaw when talking or eating. It can result in the depletion of the front teeth’s enamel. The rubbing leads to chipping and breaking, increasing the risk of tooth decay. An underbite can also cause an infection in the oral cavity. Patients with an underbite may have bad breath or halitosis that does not go away even when observing routine oral hygiene.
What is a Crossbite?
A crossbite is a malocclusion characterized by the misalignment of the upper and lower jaw when the mouth is closed. The upper teeth fit into the lower teeth instead of extending over them. There are two variations of the crossbite, the anterior and posterior crossbite.
The anterior crossbite happens when a section of the upper teeth fits inside the lower teeth. It differs from an underbite in that not all the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth. With an underbite, virtually all the teeth are behind the lower teeth. The posterior crossbite happens when the upper back teeth fit into the lower jaw.
Overbite or Deep Bite
An overbite or deep bite is where the upper front teeth extend excessively over the lower teeth. It differs from bucked teeth in that the upper front teeth overlap horizontally instead of protruding forward. People with an overbite will often bite the upper palate of the mouth, causing sores and infections. The lower teeth may rub excessively on the back of the incisors, leading to premature depletion of the enamel. An overbite can increase the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss.
A deep bite can also cause changes in facial appearance, similar to other malocclusions. The upper lip may protrude over the lower lip due to jaw misalignments. The hidden lower teeth can also result in a gummy smile.
Treatment Options for Malocclusions
Treatment options for malocclusions are varied and often depend on the patient and the severity of the condition. Braces can be effective in treating teeth misalignments in younger patients. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends taking your child to an orthodontist starting at age seven. The jaws and teeth of younger patients are easier to adjust with braces or clear aligners. Early treatment also prevents complications like gum disease and tooth loss that may complicate the process.
Timely orthodontic treatment is critical for the health of your teeth and gums. Consult Rendon Orthodontics for more information on treatment options for bite problems. Contact us at (972) 377-8844 to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist today.