Orthodontic Problems

There are a multitude of issues which may contribute to an orthodontic problem. Listed below are examples of some of the more common orthodontic problems.
  • Top front teeth protrude or are "bucked".
  • 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 open bite).
  • Crowded, overlapped, misplaced teeth or extra teeth.
  • Some teeth don't meet at all (posterior open bite).
  • Baby teeth falling out too early or very late.
  • The centers of the top and bottom front teeth don't line up.
  • 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.