Wondering if our Southern Ontario orthodontists could help improve the look and function of your smile? Below are just a few of the conditions we regularly treat.
- Front teeth stick out
Overbite is a condition characterized by upper front teeth overlapping the lower front teeth. This can cause issues such as your teeth wearing down or pain in your jaw. Overbite can be hereditary in some cases. Genetic traits, such as jaw shape, can affect the alignment of your teeth.
- Bottom teeth stick out
If you have an underbite, your lower teeth extend farther than your upper teeth. This condition typically results from a jaw misalignment. An underbite can cause excessive wear and tear on your front teeth, and in severe cases can lead to difficulties with speech.
- Upper front teeth sit behind lower teeth
A crossbite that affects the front teeth (also called an anterior crossbite) occurs when some, but not all, of your upper front teeth sit behind your lower front teeth. Anterior crossbite of front teeth can cause problems such as tooth chipping or gum issues if untreated.
- Upper back teeth sit inside lower teeth
A crossbite that affects your back teeth is called a posterior crossbite. This dental condition is characterized by the upper back teeth sitting inside of the bottom back teeth. The teeth appear to be tilted in toward the tongue instead of straight and fitting into each other.
- Excessive spacing between the teeth
If you have gapped teeth, you will notice excessive spacing between your teeth. This is typically caused by having a jaw that is larger than the teeth require to sit straight, but may also result from angled teeth, molars that aren’t rotated correctly, gum disease or tooth loss.
- Teeth do not meet in the front
An open bite is when the upper and lower teeth do not meet in the front when you are biting down. Though it can be hereditary, an open bite may result from missing, impacted or extra teeth, or habits such as thumbsucking, prolonged bottle-feeding or poor-fitting dental restorations.
- Crooked and overlapping teeth
Crowded teeth are crooked and overlapping. This occurs when there is not enough space in the mouth for permanent teeth to grow straight. The type of treatment required to correct crowded teeth depends on the patient’s age, and whether the condition is mild, moderate or severe.
- Top front teeth stick out
An overjet occurs when the top front teeth stick out past the bottom teeth, leaving a horizontal gap between the top and bottom rows of teeth. The angle at which the top teeth stick out past the bottom causes them to appear larger or more noticeable than your other teeth.
- Tooth erupts in the wrong position
Abnormal eruption, also known as ectopic eruption or ectopia, is the result of a tooth erupting out of its correct position. An abnormal eruption can also create a situation where the tooth becomes blocked, preventing it from coming through the gum.