Malocclusion can be disadvantageous both from the aesthetic and psychological point of view. If that wasn’t enough, it also hinders one’s oral functionality as the patient may find it difficult to bite and chew food. All these drawbacks of malocclusion call for orthodontic attention to restoring the mouth back to its proper functional state and aesthetics.
Some of the common orthodontic treatments are as follows:
Crowding: Crowding of teeth occurs when the teeth are too closely packed. The cause of this could be a smaller dental arch, untimely falling off of milk teeth or a problem with the jawbone sockets.
Spacing: Spacing is the opposite of spacing, i.e. the teeth are spaced too far apart from each other. Spacing can occur when the dental arch is a wide one, or when the remaining teeth start to drift after a tooth is extracted from the jawbone.
Open Bite: When the jaws are clenched, the molars and premolars of the upper and lower jaw meet, but the frontal teeth don’t. This condition is called an open bite. It is mostly caused when the frontal teeth have any sort of obstruction during their growth, such as thumb sucking or a faulty pacifier.
Overbite: The teeth from the upper jaw protrude way over the teeth of the lower jaw, covering them almost completely. This can have the lower jaw teeth damaging the palate by biting into it. It is caused when the upper jaw outgrows the lower jaw.
Underbite: Underbite is a condition where the lower jaw teeth protrude outward and the upper jaw teeth stay behind them. It is caused when the lower jaw outgrows the upper jaw, or when the lower jaw teeth are subconsciously pushed outwards by the tongue.
Overjet: The patient would have their upper frontal teeth protruding over the rest of the teeth. They may require extensive care and treatment to bring to bring them back to alignment.
Crossbite: Crossbite is a condition where one or more teeth from the upper and lower jaw do not align with the remaining teeth. In simple words, they appear crooked.
Missing lateral incisors: Sometimes, the patient would have their lateral incisors missing. During such cases, the remaining teeth would also drift from their places. We would restore the missing teeth using bridges or implants after properly aligning the teeth.
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