Located in Brooklyn, Brace Central is committed to providing patients with top quality orthodontic care. A large part of this body of work involves treating orthodontic disorders.
If you think you might have an orthodontic disorder and would like to schedule a consultation appointment, contact us today.
A crossbite is an orthodontic disorder in which the top teeth rest on the inner side of the lower teeth. In a healthy bite, the top teeth rest slightly outside the lower teeth. Crossbites don’t necessarily affect the entire mouth – they can occur in any area of the mouth, but are most common in teeth located at the sides.
If left untreated, crossbites can cause the following orthodontic issues:
- Gum disease
- Bone loss
- Difficulty chewing and speaking
- Loss of jaw symmetry
- Excessive and uneven wear of tooth structure
- Improper function of the jaw joints and muscles
An openbite is an orthodontic disorder in which the top front teeth do not come in contact with their opposite bottom teeth. It’s easy to tell if someone has an open bite – when they close their mouth down to bite, their front bottom and top teeth do not touch. This type of bite can be caused by finger sucking, tongue sucking, and genetics.
Open bites can causes speech problems, such as lisping, abnormal wear of tooth structure, improper function of jaw joints and muscles, and difficulty in chewing.
An overbite, also referred to as a deep bite, is an orthodontic disorder in which the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth. Usually, the upper teeth are protruded to the extent that the upper and lower teeth have no contact.
If left untreated, overbites can cause the following orthodontic issues:
- Improper functioning of front teeth
- Tissue problems
- Wear of lower front teeth
- Jaw or joint issues
Excessive overjet is an orthodontic disorder in which the lower teeth are too far behind the upper front teeth. It is a structural problem in which the molars are improperly aligned, or the upper and lower jaw bones are unbalanced. It can be made worse by thumb and finger sucking.
If left untreated, overjet can cause the following orthodontic issues:
- Premature wear
- Improper teeth functioning
- Jaw or joint problems
An underbite, also referred to as prognathism, is an orthodontic disorder in which the lower front teeth extend outwards. Underbites are caused by the undergrowth of the upper jaw or the overgrowth of the lower jaw.
If left untreated, underbites can cause the following orthodontic issues:
- Premature wear of teeth
- Chewing and eating problems
- Jaw or joint problems
If you think you or your child has any of these orthodontic disorders, contact us today and schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to helping you work towards a healthy, beautiful smile.