Orthodontic conditions are referred to as “malocclusions.” It refers to the many different types of issues related to the misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Malocclusions are very common, and depending on the severity, can affect the health, function, and appearance of your teeth.
Orthodontists like Dr. Jacqueline Cupido are highly qualified specialists in the dental industry, expertly trained in diagnosing, treating, and preventing dental irregularities. Below, you will find some of the most common orthodontic conditions we see here at HIPP Orthodontics.
The Different Types of Orthodontic Conditions (Malocclusions) That Require Treatment
If you have spaces/gaps between your teeth, you may not be confident in your smile. Missing teeth, smaller teeth or other orthodontic issues can result in spacing problems. Orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign® help to treat this malocclusion and return your teeth to the correct position.
An overbite or overjet is when your upper teeth stick out too far. Overbite is seen as one of the biggest risk factors associated with trauma to the front teeth. Orthodontic treatments such as braces and Invisalign® are effective in correcting protrusion.
A crossbite is when your upper teeth sit on the inside of your lower teeth. This malocclusion should be treated early so that your jaws are able to grow in the correct direction. The different treatment options for crossbite include orthodontic braces, palatal expanders, and Invisalign®.
When the upper front teeth do not meet the lower front teeth, this is classified as an overbite. This condition mostly causes discomfort in activities such as chewing and brushing teeth. Most orthodontists consider headgear as the most effective treatment to curb open bites.
If your teeth don’t have enough space in the mouth, they become crowded. A specialist orthodontist like Dr. Jacqueline Cupido can help by expanding your jaw and creating room for the teeth to sit. The use of Braces or Invisalign® is effective treatment for crowding.
If your lower jaw extends beyond your upper jaw and forces your bottom teeth to sit right in front of your upper teeth, this is classified as an underbite. We recommend customized braces to help improve the overall appearance and balance of your teeth.
Treatments for extreme orthodontic conditions or malocclusion may require orthodontic extractions (removal of teeth) to achieve the best results. Although very rare, we will refer you to our competent list of dentists who will help you undergo extraction surgery. At HIPP Orthodontics, we encourage good oral hygiene in order to curb the effects of malocclusions.
Dr. Jacqueline Cupido is the first Specialist Orthodontist to complete her degree Cum Laude in 20 years and is well known and respected in the industry.
Get the smile you’ve always wanted with HIPP Orthodontics today. If you have any questions about Orthodontic Conditions and how to treat them, please contact our office.