When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same size, it often creates bite problems.
Overbites and Underbites
When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite.
Another related condition is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.
Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all forms of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Jaw Alignment Problems
Jaw alignment problems can cause a range of troubles for children. They can suppress proper chewing and swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing pain and affecting speech.
Gum disease and cavities are more difficult to prevent because oral hygiene is a challenge. TMJ disorder over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling issues for little ones affected.
Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your youngster has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.
Call Ritchie Dental Group at 830-637-7227. Dr. Greg Ritchie, DDS is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in children.
We also perform cosmetic dentistry and dental implants for our Marble Falls area pediatric dental patients.
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