At Brace Central, classifying your orthodontic problem is the first step we take to develop your personalized treatment plan. Two important parts of this classification process are the classification of your bite and your face. Examining both of these aspects of orthodontic help can help us diagnose orthodontic problems to the best of our ability, and get you started on an effective treatment plan.
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Bites can be classified as either Class I, II, or III. Each of these classifications is defined by the position of the first upper and lower molars in relation to one another.
Class I : Class I bites are characterized by the upper and lower first molars being aligned with one another. This is a healthy bite in which the upper teeth, lower teeth, and jaw are balanced.
Class II : Class II bites are characterized by the upper first molar being farther back in the jaw than the lower first molar. Because of this misalignment, the upper teeth and jaw protrude more than the lower jaw.
Class III : Class III bites are characterized by the lower first molar being farther back in the mouth than the upper first molar. Because of this misalignment, the lower teeth and jaw protrude more than the upper jaw.
Your teeth and jaw aren’t the only factors that need to be taken into consideration when defining orthodontic problems: the structure of your skull can also affect the way your teeth and jaw align with one another.
Class 1 : This class is characterized either by maxillary-mandibular dental protrusion or retrusion.
Class 2 : This class is characterized either by maxillary dental protrusion of the teeth, maxillary retrognathism of the jaws, or both. Maxillary retrognathism is characterized by the lower jaw not growing as much as the upper jaw.
Class 3 : This class is characterized by mandibular dental protrusion of the teeth or mandibular prognathism of the jaw. In mandibular dental protrusion occurs when the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth. Mandibular prognathism of the jaw is characterized by the lower jaw bone outgrowing the upper jaw bone.
Gathering this information from you is a vital part of our treatment process. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation, and be on your way to a healthier, more beautiful smile.