As your local orthodontist for the Chicago and Vernon Hills area, we see many common orthodontic problems that can be fixed with the types of braces and other treatments we offer. However, if left untreated, these issues can cause speech difficulties, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints.
An underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends too far out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth
This is a situation where the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which leads to tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth. As a result, this type of bite causes improper use of the lower jaw and sometimes brings about facial asymmetry.
Upper Front Teeth Protrusion
The upper teeth extending too far forward, or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward, characterize this type of bite. In both situations there is a significant impact on the appearance and function of your teeth.
In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend too far out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. Problems often associated with an overbite include a "gummy" smile, protruding lips, and excessive incisor wear.
Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums. This is the most common reason to invest in braces or Invisalign with your local orthodontist. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal problems and dental decay because it makes it harder to clean overlapping teeth surfaces.
The opposite of crowding, spacing is most commonly caused by excessive jaw room for the size of the erupting teeth. Spacing problems may be the result of missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue. Spacing is another popular reason for getting braces at our Chicago and Vernon Hills orthodontic practice.
Here the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap, thus impacting proper chewing. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue-thrusting and thumb-sucking. Early evaluation and intervention by an orthodontist is essential for correcting an openbite.
Dental Midlines Not Matched
Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately with the rest of the mouth. This can negatively impact jaw function and proper dental function in a variety of ways.
Visit Your Local Chicago And Vernon Hills Orthodontist Today
If you think you or your child may have one of these orthodontic problems, schedule a consultation with an orthodontist at our Chicago or Vernon Hills office today! We will evaluate your condition and discuss orthodontic treatment options, ranging from traditional metal braces to clear aligners like Invisalign. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you smile brighter!