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Other Dental Problems

Crowding, spacing, impacted and protruding teeth are all common orthodontic conditions affecting many of our patients. However, there are also many other problems which can be alleviated through orthodontic treatment. Some of these conditions include:

  • Cross Bite

A cross bite can be either anterior or posterior. A posterior cross bite occurs when your upper teeth fall inside your lower teeth on one side when you bite down. An anterior cross bite, which is similar to an under bite, occurs when your top front teeth fall behind your lower front teeth when you bite down.

  • Under Bite

An under bite occurs when the lower jaw is in front of the upper jaw. An under bite can cause excessive wear on the teeth and place strain on the jaw joints. It is often possible to correct an under bite at an early age with a reverse pull head gear. In mild cases, correction may also be possible with fixed braces. In severe cases, jaw surgery may be required.

  • Deep Bite

A deep bite occurs when the upper front teeth cover most or all of the lower front teeth when the teeth are together. A Deep bite is associated with excessive tooth wear and gum damage, and can also cause temporo-mandibular joint problems. Deep bite is often treated with fixed braces.

  • Open Bite

An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth fail to overlap when biting. An open bite can be caused by habits such as thumb sucking. Orthodontic treatment will often result in the improvement of the bite.

  • Missing Teeth

When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth tend to drift into the empty spaces, causing unattractive spaces between the teeth. Treatment for missing teeth will involve fixed braces, and artificial teeth are placed once the braces have been removed. Options for tooth replacement include bridges or implants.

  • Ectopic Teeth

Ectopic teeth are those that are growing and developing in the wrong position in the jaw. The most common teeth to develop in an ectopic position are the canines also known as cuspids and fangs, in the upper jaw. Most ectopic teeth can be moved into the correct position with the help of fixed braces.

Orthodontic treatment can also help treat:

  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Problems caused by thumb sucking

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