When the upper part of the jaw and the lower part of the jaw are not the same sizes, it often leads to biting problems.
Overbites and Underbites
When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite.
Another related abnormality is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward, or backward.
Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all types of bite problems including overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Jaw Alignment Problems
Jaw alignment issues can cause a range of problems for children. They can curb proper chewing and swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing pain and affecting speech.
Gum disease and cavities are more difficult to prevent because oral hygiene is a challenge. TMJ disorder over time. Distorted facial shapes and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling concerns for children affected.
Fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments for bite problems. If you suspect your child has a bite misalignment, it is especially important to have them examined as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure they avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.
Call Pediatric Dental Center at 859-534-5640. Dentist Eric Soper, DDS is experienced in diagnosing bite disorders in children.
We also perform Pediatric Dental Care and Pediatric Dental Care for our Burlington area pediatric dental patients.
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