Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth that don’t fit together correctly. Malocclusions not only affect the teeth but also the appearance of the face. There are many types of malocclusions that can be caused by a variety of factors. Here are some of the more common types of malocclusion from your orthodontist in Ft Lauderdale.
In an upper protrusion, the top front teeth are pushed out to cause an overbite or buck teeth. Pacifier use or thumb sucking can be a cause for upper protrusion as well as a small lower jaw.
An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth reach too far down over the lower front teeth. In severe cases, an overbite can cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
And underbite is the same as an overbite just reversed. In an underbite, the lower front teeth are farther forward than the upper front teeth.
A crossbite happens when any or all of the top teeth fit into the wrong side of the bottom teeth.
A misplaced midline is seen in people where the front center line between the upper front teeth doesn't match up with the center line of the lower front teeth.
Too much or too little room for teeth can cause spacing or crowding problems. Crowding can prevent permanent teeth from coming in properly.
While malocclusion can cause problems, it can also be fixed with proper orthodontic care. Contact us today for more information about the orthodontic procedures we provide.