A crossbite occurs when one or more upper teeth in front and/or sides of the mouth bite on the inside of lower teeth. Whether occurring with a single tooth or several, the earlier we can begin correcting a crossbite after detecting it, the better the outlook for minimizing long-term damage.
A single-tooth crossbite can be corrected by moving the misaligned tooth into its proper position with a retainer or braces. Correcting multiple teeth requires applying braces or other intra-oral appliances to expand the arch.
An insufficient vertical overlap of the teeth – usually caused by such oral habits and anomalies as a thrusting tongue, digit-sucking or uneven jaw growth – is called an “openbite”. Wasting as little time as possible treating this condition after detection is critical to successfully correcting it.
Dentofacial orthopedic treatment at a young age can modify jaw growth to ensure the upper and lower jaws develop into a proper skeletal alignment. Once they have developed and aligned properly, orthodontic treatment can ensure that teeth also grown into proper alignments. The sooner patients of any age can break oral habits such as digit sucking or anterior tongue thrust, the more quickly correction can advance.
Overbite occurs when the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth, generally with no contact between the upper and lower front teeth. Often, you cannot see the lower incisors. An overbite occurs due to a disproportionate amount of front-teeth eruption or over-development of the bone that supports the teeth and a front-to back-discrepancy in the growth of the upper or lower jaw (Class II Relationship). Overbite is also known as a “deep bite”.
Growth modification of the jaws using dentofacial orthopedic treatment at a young age can correct an overbite early by developing the upper and lower jaws into a proper skeletal alignment. Orthodontic treatment can re-align the teeth after the jaws have reached developed into their correct natural positioning. These combined approaches can eliminate both the overbite and the potential need for surgery at a young age.
Overbite can be corrected through growth modification of the jaws using Dentofacial Orthopedic Treatment at a young age to develop and align the upper and lower jaw (skeletal alignment). After the jaws have been developed and aligned, the teeth can be aligned with Orthodontic treatment. These two treatments eliminate the overbite (deep bite) and eliminate the need for surgery if treated at a young age.
Often called “protrusion,” the positioning of the lower teeth too far behind the upper front teeth is called an “overjet”. This misalignment has several possible causes:
Overjet should be corrected because it can:
Overjet can be corrected through growth modification of the jaws using dentofacial orthopedic treatment at a young age to develop and align the upper and lower jaw (skeletal alignment).
After the jaws have been developed and aligned, the teeth can be aligned with orthodontic treatment. These two treatments eliminate the overbite and eliminate the need for surgery if treated at a young age.
An underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, an improper alignment caused by the upper jaw’s undergrowth, the lower jaw’s overgrowth, or a Class III relationship stemming from a combination of the two conditions. Flared upper incisors, missing lower teeth or the two issues combined can also cause an underbite. For the most successful correction, we recommend beginning dentofacial orthopedic treatment by Age 4-5 Years.
Underbite should be corrected because it can cause:
Modifying jaw growth through dentofacial orthopedic treatment as early as Age 3-4 Years can correct an underbite before it causes extensive damage. This approach develops and aligns the upper and lower jaws’ skeletal alignment into an ideal position to align teeth with orthodontic treatment. Recognizing and treating the problem early will eliminate the potential for necessary surgery later.