Beyond providing a great smile, orthodontics also corrects "malocclusions" or bad bites. A malocclusion (the term for crooked, crowded or protruding teeth) occurs when the teeth are not lined up properly. Malocclusions can affect the way a person chews, talks or smiles, and in some cases, can affect the jaws causing pain and discomfort. Below are some common conditions treated with orthodontics:
- Crowded Teeth - When teeth are crooked, crowded, turned or spaced too far apart.
- Overbite - When the upper jaw or teeth are too far in front, or when the lower jaw or teeth are too far back.
- Underbite - when the lower jaw or teeth are too far in front, or when the upper jaw or teeth are too far back.
- Overjet (Protrusion) - when upper teeth protrude and do not fit properly together with the lower front teeth
- Spacing- when teeth have gaps or spaces between them
In these cases, orthodontists will recommend braces or other appliances to correct the problem and straighten your teeth.