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What Are Orthodontic Disorders And How Can They Be Treated?

People are getting orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Many people are choosing traditional braces for the treatments while some are preferring clear aligners for reasons of aesthetics. Even as dentists are capable of providing orthodontic treatment it must be understood that these disorders can make chewing difficult, damage the jaw, and cause difficulties when cleaning the teeth properly.

The sheer number of orthodontic disorders that require braces are confusing people making them wonder whether they should seek treatment for their condition. If you have been experiencing a problem the following list of orthodontic disorders may help you to identify the problem to decide on the proper course of action.

Crowded Teeth

When you have too many teeth in the mouth and insufficient space in the jaw the teeth will be in a crowded position. Some of your teeth will be pushed forward while the other backward and some along the sides. The crowding can make it difficult for you to clean your teeth as they are so close together. The crowded teeth are also a place preferred by bacteria and plaque to hide to result in tooth decay. You are more likely to observe cavities between the crowded teeth and have other issues related to tooth decay. The problem of crowded teeth is because the teeth have not grown in even spacing and therefore need adjustments.


Another common orthodontic disorder is the problem of an overbite. This is a condition where the upper jaw hangs over the lower jaw more than desired. This problem can be rectified with braces and rubber bands but by itself is a good reason to invest in orthodontic treatment. Grinding and damage to the gums is a common problem with an overbite. The condition can also make it difficult to chew because the top and bottom rows of the teeth are not aligned properly. They are also prone to chipping and damages because the hard areas of the teeth can begin grating against each other.

Teeth at Uneven Angles

Teeth can erupt at uneven angles at times. They may either tilt inwards or protrude outwards leaving them likely to be damaged by normal chewing, playing sports, and during other activities. The uneven angles of the teeth making them susceptible to damages needing significant dental work. The angles can, however, be rectified by orthodontic treatment to ensure the likelihood of them being chipped or broken is lessened.

Cross Bites

Despite not being as common as underbites or overbites, crossbites are still an issue. People suffering from this condition have a combination of overbites and underbites. This is because they have lower molars that are wider than upper motors along with an overbite in the front of the jaw. These people also have problems with chewing food properly as their teeth are not aligned correctly. It can create uneven wear on the teeth as people begin to chew food from just one side of their mouth directing the food to just a few particular teeth.

Open Bites

When the front and back teeth do not meet as they should be doing the problem created is known as an openbite. It can be a combination of other bite issues or a problem by itself. Some teeth meet together while the others do not make it difficult for the teeth that do not meet to effectively chew leading to extra wear on the teeth that are meeting. This can be a concerning problem that affects not just the teeth but also the entire digestive system.

Under Bites

Underbites are pretty common like overbites but instead of the upper jaw hanging over the lower jaw the position is reversed and the lower jaw is ahead of the upper jaw. This can also lead to damages to the teeth and gums because the teeth are misaligned. Chewing, as usual, will be difficult with this condition as well. Chewing is an important part of the digestive process because it makes it easier for the digestive tract to handle properly chewed food. An underbite can be a concerning problem for chewing properly and therefore needs rectification at the earliest.

These common orthodontic disorders may sound concerning but it must be understood that they can be rectified easily with appropriate orthodontic treatment from qualified orthodontists.

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