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Orthodontic Disorders

The orthodontist office is a place where so many different patients get the opportunity to trans-form their smile, jaw, and life. Whatever you may have, or even a family member of yours, at A Smile 4 U, we want to keep our patients educated, health, and happy. In this article, we will discuss a few orthodontic disorders, and if you have any of them, we would love the opportunity to help you!


Crossbites occur in the front or sides of the mouth and are evident when the upper teeth are inside of the lower teeth. The earliest correction of corset is recommended as it can cause gum disease, the premature wear of teeth, and even the uneven development of the jaws.Braces, and in some case just a retainer can fix the problem.


If you or a family member has ever habitually tongue thrusted, sucked their thumb, or if their jaw didn’t grow easily, they could develop openbite. Open bite occurs when where is a space be-tween the top and bottom rows of teeth vertically. Surgical correction of the jaw and braces can aid in correcting the bite.


Overbite is precisely what it sounds like, as it is when the top row of teeth completely over the lower front teeth. It is mostly due to a disproportionate amount of eruption of the front teeth. Overbite can be corrected through moving the front teeth up and/or bringing the back teeth together.


This is where the lower teeth are far behind the upper front teeth. This can be caused by an improper alignment of the molars, a skeletal imbalance of the upper and lower jaw, or even lower missing teeth. Through these use of growth modification appliances, elastics, or extractions, the condition can be improved.


Underbite is when the lower teeth protrude past the upper front teeth, and is most often caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw or both.


Crowding is the most common reason for the need of braces, this happens when there isn’t a sufficient amount of space in the mouth for developing teeth.

Again, as stated at the beginning, if you ave any more questions regarding orthodontic disorders, or you wish to see a dentist about consulting an orthodontist, we would love to take your call! Check the list of our office locations to visit us where it is most convenient for you!

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