Upper Dental Protrusion
Protrusion may be caused by upper front teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth or jaw not extending far enough forward. The appearance and function of your teeth may be impacted by this type of bite.
The lower jaw extends out causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth. Underbite is usually caused by skeletal disharmony where the lower jaw outgrow the upper jaw.
The upper front teeth erupt too far down thus covering the lower front teeth. Excessive overbite may cause gum recession if the lower teeth bite right onto the roof of the mouth.
Posterior crossbite is an indicator of a mismatch in the widths of upper and lower jaws. This width discrepancy may cause the lower jaw to shift to one side leading to a permanent facial asymmetry.
Proper chewing is affected by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Patients with openbite often chew using only the back teeth, thus causing extra wear and deterioration of these teeth.
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.
Spacing problems may be caused by small or missing teeth. In some patients, post-orthodontic dental restorations, such as bonding and veneers, may be necessary to achieve the ideal esthetic results.
Mismatched Dental Midlines
Midline discrepancy may be a sign of an underlying skeletal asymmetry where one side of the lower jaw is longer than the other side. Or it may be the result of uneven dental crowding on the right and left sides of the mouth.