Skelton SmileStar Nick | Common Orthodontic ProblemsWhat are some common orthodontic problems or reasons that you or your child may need braces? There are several things to watch for in you or a loved one’s jaw development. Below are some of the most common orthodontic problems that we treat here at Skelton Orthodontics.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion
Both the appearance and the function of your teeth are impacted by this kind of bite, characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending forward enough.

In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend out over the lower ones. Occasionally, an overbite is so severe that the lower teeth can bite into the roof of the mouth!

The upper back teeth sit inside the lower teeth, causing jaw misalignment and irregular wear of the teeth.

Besides tongue thrusting and speech impediments, openbites hinder proper chewing, because the upper and lower front teeth don’t overlap.

Other Problems

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum.

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, but they can also be a cosmetic concern.

Dental midlines not matched
When the back bite doesn’t line up properly, you could have problems with proper dental and jaw functions.

TMJ Disorder
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, commonly called “TMJD,” are a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.

Jaw Growth
When the jaws are incorrectly aligned it can affect the ability to chew efficiently and cause cosmetic concerns. Orthognathic surgery may be necessary in some cases to correct the position and alignment of the jaws.