Common Oral Health Problemsin Somerville, TN

Introduction

When a person’s teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontics may be needed to strengthen their teeth and promote ideal form and function. These problems, often called malocclusions – or bad bites – can cause speech difficulties, prematurely wear down teeth’s enamel, and can even increase the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints if left untreated.

Underbite

In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

underbite smile illustration.

Spacing

Spacing problems may be caused by missing or misaligned teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic issue.

Spacing in a smile.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

Spacing problems may be caused by missing or misaligned teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic issue.

Crowding teeth illustration.

Crowding

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Palatal expansion can often correct crowding, thereby avoiding the extraction of teeth.

Protrusion smile illustration.

Overbite

In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Openbite illustration.

Mismatched Dental Midlines

Mismatched dental midlines are evident when the center line of the upper teeth do not line up with the center line of the lower teeth. This may negatively impact proper dental and jaw function.

A graphic of a straight, white smile.

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