Problems to watch for

The Anatomy of the Smile

Malocclusions (“bad bites”) like those illustrated below, may benefit from early diagnosis. Referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation is the best solution.

Problems to watch for in children

Anterior Crossbite

Anterior Crossbite
(Scissor bite arrangement)

Posterior Crossbite

Posterior Crossbite
(Upper arch
too narrow)

Crowding

Crowding
(Overlapping teeth)

Open Bite

Open Bite
(Teeth don't meet at the front - can be caused by thumb sucking)

Protrusion

Protrusion
(Goofy - upper jaw too far forward)

Complete Class III

Complete Class III
(Lower jaw protrudes forward of upper jaw)

Diastema

Diastema
(Spacing)

Problems to watch for in adults

Crowding

Crowding
(Overlapping teeth)

Diastema

Diastema
(Spacing)

Anterior Crossbite

Anterior Crossbite
(With forward
displacement)

Bruxism

Bruxism
(Tooth wear)

Periodontal Problems

Periodontal Problems
(gum disease)

Protrusion

Protrusion
(Goofy - upper jaw too far forward)

Open Bite

Open Bite
(Teeth don't meet at the front)

Deep Bite

Deep Bite
(Top teeth overlap
lower teeth)

All malocclusions illustrated above can be improved by orthodontic treatment.

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