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Straight, well-aligned teeth:
A properly aligned bite:
Closing spaces and gaps between teeth can help avoid the need for bridges or dental implants later in life
A straight, healthy smile is critical to your lifelong health. Simply stated, crooked or crowded teeth are difficult to clean properly. Poor oral hygiene will contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay, but also more serious conditions that eventually lead to gum disease and tooth loss. There are also certain types of bite problems can contribute to damage of teeth or gums. For example, severe overbites make it much more likely that a person will suffer fracture or injury to the upper front teeth. Also, poor bites may contribute to gum recession, or uneven wearing of teeth, which may also result in premature tooth loss.
Class II problems represent abnormal bite relationships in which the upper jaw and teeth project ahead of the lower jaw called "overjet". Class II patients usually exhibit a convex facial profile with a deficient chin prominence. Typically, a Class II problem is inherited and results in a shorter than normal lower jaw. Other factors, such as persistent thumb sucking can aggravate these problems. Correction of this disorder generally requires influencing facial growth to bring the upper and lower jaws and teeth into their proper position.
Class III problems are also primarily genetic in origin. In this instance, the lower jaw and teeth are displaced to the front of the upper jaw structures. Facially, the appearance may give the impression that the lower jaw is excessively large, but in many cases the lack of upper jaw development is at fault.
Posterior crossbites usually result from a constricted upper jaw or unusually wide lower jaw. A narrow upper jaw will often force a patient to move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing into a stable bite. When closed into this accommodated position, the lower teeth are located outside the upper teeth. This posturing may result in an incorrect functional position of the lower jaw with accompanying facial asymmetry.
Crowding is the lack of space for all of the teeth to fit normally within the jaws. The teeth may be twisted or displaced. Crowding occurs when there is disharmony in the tooth to jaw size relationship or when the teeth are larger than the available space. Crowing can be caused by improper eruption of teeth and early or late loss of primary teeth.
Excessive vertical overlap of incisor teeth called "overbite" is generally found in association with a discrepancy between the length of the upper and lower jaws. It usually results in excessive eruption of either the upper or lower incisors or both. Associated problems include:
A lack of vertical overlap of the incisor teeth can usually be traced to jaw disharmony or persistent habits (i.e. digit sucking habits and posturing of the tongue between the front teeth) or excessive vertical growth of one or both jaws. Early assessment and intervention with these disorders is critical to the overall success.
Spaces between teeth are another common problem associated with the need for orthodontic care. Like crowding, spacing may be related to a tooth-to-jaw size disharmony. Gum tissue attachments called "frenae" are also a common cause of spacing between the front teeth. Excessive vertical overlap of the front teeth as well as incisor protrusion may lead to spacing. Other contributing factors include atypical or unusually narrow teeth, and missing or impacted teeth.
A normal bite is a healthy smile.