There are a multitude of issues which may contribute to an orthodontic
problem. Listed below are examples of some of the more common
Top front teeth protrude or
Top front teeth cover more than 25% of the bottom front
teeth deep bite) when the back
teeth are biting together.
Top front teeth grow in behind the bottom front teeth -
anterior cross bite.
A weak chin or a prominent chin.
A space exists between the top and bottom front teeth with
the back teeth biting together (anterior
Crowded, overlapped, misplaced
teeth or extra teeth.
Some teeth don't meet at all (posterior
Baby teeth falling out too early or very late.
The centers of the top and bottom front teeth don't line
Excessive biting of the cheeks.
Biting the roof of the mouth.
Finger sucking or thumb sucking habits
continuing after 6 years of age.
Difficulties chewing or biting with teeth that don't meet
evenly on both sides.
Teeth wearing unevenly.
Jaws that shift off center when the teeth bite together.
Excessive spaces between teeth that persist after the top
permanent canine teeth appear.
Embarrassing teeth or smile often hidden by hands.