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Orthodontics is a specialised field of dentistry focused on diagnosing, preventing, and treating irregularities in the teeth and face. These issues can lead to tooth damage and challenges with cleaning, biting, and chewing. Here’s an overview of some of the most common orthodontic problems.

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7 Common Bite Problems in Kids and Adults

  1. Over bite: when the upper front teeth significantly overlap the lower front teeth. Issues: Can cause excessive wear on the lower teeth, jaw pain, and aesthetic concerns.
  2. Under bite: happens when the lower front teeth extend past the upper front teeth. Issues: Can lead to difficulty in chewing, speech problems, and facial imbalances.
  3. Cross bite: when one or more of the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. Issues: Can cause tooth wear, gum disease, and asymmetrical jaw growth.
  4. Open Bite: when the upper and lower front teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed. Issues: Can lead to speech difficulties, problems with biting and chewing, and aesthetic concerns.
  5. Crowding: when there is insufficient space in the jaw for all the teeth to fit normally. Issues: Can cause misalignment, difficulty cleaning teeth, and increased risk of cavities and gum disease.
  6. Spacing: refers to gaps between teeth, which can be caused by missing teeth or teeth that are too small for the jaw. Issues: Can lead to food impaction, gum problems, and aesthetic concerns.
  7. Deep Bite: when the upper front teeth cover the majority of the lower front teeth. Issues: Can cause gum irritation, tooth wear, and jaw pain.

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