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How We Address Common Orthodontic Problems

Large Overbite

Excessive horizontal overlap of the front teeth. The technical term for overbite is “overjet.”

Underbite

Lower front teeth biting in front of the upper front teeth.

Anterior Crossbite

Lower front teeth biting in front of the upper front teeth. This can involve two teeth or groups of teeth.

Posterior Crossbite

Upper back teeth biting inside of lower back teeth. This can involve two teeth or groups of teeth.

Open Bite

No overlap of the upper and lower front teeth when biting.

Deep Bite

Excessive vertical overlap of the upper and lower front teeth when biting.

Crowding

Misalignment of teeth caused by lack of space.

Spacing

Excessive spacing between teeth usually caused by small or missing teeth or a strong tongue pushing the teeth forward when biting.

Missing Teeth

In some patients, some adult teeth never develop. The most common missing teeth are the lower second premolars (directly in front of the first permanent molars), upper lateral incisors, and third molars (wisdom teeth).

Habits

Thumbsucking, fingersucking, tongue sucking, tongue thrusting, and nail biting can lead to problems such as open bites and large “overbites.”

To see if you or your child’s orthodontic problem can be corrected with Braces or Invisalign, call our Redwood City Orthodontics office for your complimentary consultation!

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