The most common bite problems

A misaligned bite, known as malocclusion, occurs when the teeth don’t meet properly.

A healthy bite is an important part of your overall oral health, but there are a number of issues that can cause problems in both adults and children. Read on to find out more about some of the most common bite problems and what you can do about them if they affect you or your child…

Crossbite

A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth fit inside of the lower teeth, and can occur when the teeth or jaw bones are misaligned. A crossbite can affect either a single tooth or multiple teeth. If left untreated, a crossbite can cause the jaw to shift to one side, which causes the jaw to grow in a lopsided or asymmetrical manner. This can also cause the enamel of the affected teeth to wear down over time. If you suffer from a crossbite, we recommend that you come in and see us for a consultation. In many cases, the condition can be treated with the use of traditional braces, although surgery is sometimes recommended in severe cases.

Crowding

Crowded teeth often occur when there is not enough space in the mouth. This causes the teeth to overlap or be pushed to the front or back, making it very difficult to keep them clean. When effective brushing and flossing is particularly difficult, the risk of oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay is increased.

The good news is that crowding can often be resolved with orthodontic treatment. If you suffer from overcrowding, we recommend that you come in for a personal consultation so that we can determine the best treatment option for your needs. Suitable treatment options may include traditional braces or clear aligners, depending on the severity of the case as well as your particular expectations and aesthetic goals.

Protruding teeth

Protrusion refers to teeth that stick out more than they should. The condition often occurs when the upper jaw is positioned too far forward, when the lower jaw is positioned too far back, or when the teeth grow at an unusual angle. Sometimes, a combination of these types of factors causes the teeth to protrude.

If left untreated, protrusion often increases the risk of trauma caused by accidents. Protruding teeth can also make it uncomfortable to close the mouth completely, leading to dried out oral tissues and an increased risk of tooth decay. Protrusion can also cause cosmetic concerns.

One of the most effective treatments for protruding teeth is traditional braces. If you are considering braces, we encourage you to come in and see us for an assessment to confirm whether the treatment is right for you.

Open bite

An anterior open bite occurs when the front upper and lower teeth are angled outwards, which mean that they don’t align when the mouth is shut. An open bite can be caused by a number of factors, including tongue thrust; thumb or pacifier sucking; skeletal problems; and a temporomandibular joint disorder.

Treatment for an open bite may include behaviour modification or orthodontic treatment such as the use of traditional braces or clear aligners. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to resolve the issue.

Resolving an open bite has a number of benefits, including an improved appearance as well as functional side effects like better speech, improved chewing and biting ability, and increased dental comfort.

If you are suffering from a bite problem, it’s important to know that treatment is available. To make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. To find out more about the orthodontic treatments that we offer at Malo Dental, please have a look here.