5 of the Most Common Bite Issues
Overjet relates to how far the teeth protrude forward. Put simply, the lower teeth are too far behind the upper front teeth. This condition can cause excessive wear of teeth that can lead to gum disease & bone loss.
Underbite is the opposite problem, it occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It is generally caused by flared upper incisors, abnormal growth of the jaw, or missing lower teeth. Underbite can cause facial abnormalities such as an extended chin, and difficulty chewing and swallowing.
Deep bite, also known as overbite, occurs when the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth. This happens because an unequal amount of front teeth emerged, over-development of the bone that supports the teeth, or the upper and lower jaw did not develop properly.
Edge-to-edge is when the upper and lower teeth are in edge-to-edge contact. This condition can cause premature wear and chipping on anterior teeth. Like an under bite, it can also result in difficulties chewing and a limited range of motion. Immediate attention is required to avoid headaches and possibly jaw locking.
Crowding is when too many teeth are in too small of a jaw. This can cause difficulty in properly brushing and flossing all tooth surfaces which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease. The crowding can cause undue stress on the upper and lower jaw.
If you are having bite issues, you don’t need to wait for a referral from your dentist. Give West Vancouver Orthodontist a call today at 604-913-1555, and allow us to help you sort out your smile!
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