The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward. The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
The lower jaw and teeth bite in front of the upper teeth. This can lead to damage of the front teeth and difficulties chewing food.
The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.
Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.
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Crowding occurs when teeth do not have room to grow in alignment with the other teeth. There are many causes and most cases can be corrected without removal of permanent teeth if treatment starts early enough. Expansion of the upper and lower jaws may help eliminate crowding without braces.
Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.
Dr. Greg and Dr. Nicole have many years experience treating patients of all ages in Fresno and Clovis with the common orthodontic concerns outlined above. Contact our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation to get the smile you deserve.