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Common Orthodontic Problems

Orthodontics can help solve a series of problems associated with imperfect positioning of the teeth. These problems can be more than a matter of aesthetics, as they can result in difficulties chewing food and maintaining good oral hygiene, and can expose your teeth to potential damage. Below is a list of some of the most common orthodontic problems seen in patients.


Crowding occurs when your teeth are pushed together and appear not to have enough space in your jaw. As a result, the teeth overlap, which impacts negatively the aesthetics of your smile. In addition, the overlapping of teeth can make it more difficult to clean them. Crowding is one of the most frequent orthodontic problems we observe.


Spaced teeth occur when your teeth are separated by visible big gaps. This can be unattractive, but also result in food getting stuck between your teeth, resulting in poor oral hygiene.


Protrusion occurs when a patient’s teeth point outwards. This can expose them to more risk of getting damaged by an impact, and can be unattractive. 

Orthodontic Problems


An overbite is observed when the upper jaw points outwards significantly more than the lower jaw. This can expose the teeth to more wear, as the lower teeth hit the back of the upper teeth when chewing.


The underbite describes the same condition as the overbite, but when it is the lower jaw that points outwards.


An open bite is observed when the lower teeth and the upper teeth do not meet. The gap between the two rows of teeth can make it difficult to chew, and cause more wear on the teeth that do meet.