Conditions

When a person’s teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to straighten teeth and promote ideal function. These problems, often referred to as malocclusions (or bad bites) can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel and even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw, if left untreated.

Crowding

A disharmony between tooth-size and jaw-size can result in crowded, irregular teeth.

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Spacing

Spaces can result from a disharmony between tooth-size and jaw-size or by abnormal tongue thrusting activity.

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Cross-bite

The upper teeth should fit outside the lower teeth like a lid on a box. If the upper jaw is too narrow, the lower jaw usually swings to one side to allow the back teeth to mesh.

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Protruded Teeth

Protruded teeth result when the position of the upper jaw is forward of the lower jaw.

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Under-bite

When the lower jaw is forward in relation to the upper jaw, the lower front teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth and an "under-bite" results.

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Deep-bite

The upper and / or lower front teeth can overupt to produce a deep-bite.

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Open-bite

An open-bite exists when opposing teeth don't meet.

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Thumb Sucking

Sucking the thumb (or fingers) can produce a localised deformation of the teeth and supporting bone.

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Teeth Problems

A number of teeth problems can adversely affect people of all ages, including: Missing, Impacted and Ectopic Teeth.

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