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
If your lower jaw is recessed inside the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. Conversely, if the upper jaw is recessed, it is called an underbite.
Another related condition is called a crossbite and this occurs 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 kinds of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Jaw Alignment Problems
Jaw alignment abnormalities can cause a range of issues for children. They can inhibit 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 concerns for little ones affected.
Thankfully, there are a variety of positive treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. If you can start a dental plan early, you can help to avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.
We also perform teeth cleaning and reconstruction for our Epping area pediatric dental patients.
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