Many of our patients at our Baltimore orthodontics office have some type of bad bite problem and it often just affects one misplaced tooth. A mild misalignment of your teeth, or malocclusion, causes no functional or medical problems, and usually proves to be of little cosmetic concern. Severe teeth malocclusions may cause serious problems, sometimes both functional and psychological, and should be treated at Spectrum Dental. The experts at our Baltimore orthodontics office can repair a crooked smile and re-align an off-set bite, but there may be some issues to deal with along the way. The goal of orthodontics is, basically, to correct a malocclusion while continuing to promote oral health. Often inherited, a malocclusion can also be caused by poor oral habits, including early thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
Some other orthodontic problems that we will want to address at our Baltimore orthodontics office are the various types of malocclusions such as, under bite, under bite, over bite, and an open bite. Once you’ve had your orthodontic consultation at Spectrum Dental, we will have specific information about your condition, and how best to correct your problem. When your upper teeth are quite a bit more forward then the lower, it’s considered an overbite, or “overjet”. In minor cases, we can treat it with Baltimore orthodontics, but in severe cases jaw surgery is needed, in addition to the orthodontic treatment. With an underbite, or negative overjet, your lower teeth sit in front of your upper teeth. Again orthodontic treatment will be sufficient if the condition is slight, but in more severe cases, jaw surgery is necessary. The same goes for an open bite when you attempt to close your teeth together and only a few teeth meet. A deep bite, where vertically, your upper teeth overlap your bottom teeth, you will definitely need jaw surgery in addition to orthodontic treatment, in order to be corrected properly.
The last type of bite involves the motion of the jaw going side-to-side rather than back and forth. Your bottom teeth will not meet up correctly with the top teeth on the sides of the mouth, which is caused by your upper jaw being too wide or too narrow for your lower jaw. In this case as well, both orthodontic treatment and jaw surgery is necessary for correction. The experts at our Baltimore orthodontics office will diagnose and treat your condition not only with precision accuracy, but compassionately. Our dedicated staff will explain all procedures in detail, so you will understand your options and know what to expect from your treatment of choice.