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Navigating Common Orthodontic Issues

"Embarking on an orthodontic journey can often raise questions about common dental concerns, such as underbites, crowded teeth, and more. This page serves as your gateway to understanding these issues, providing insights into their causes, implications, and the transformative treatments available at Cruz Orthodontics. With our expert guidance, discover how addressing these common orthodontic problems can lead to a healthier, more confident smile.

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A crossbite is an orthodontic condition where some of the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth rather than outside. This can happen at the front (anterior crossbite) or the sides (posterior crossbite) of the mouth. Crossbites can lead to uneven wear on the teeth, gum disease, and even jaw growth problems if not treated.


Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth happen when there isn't enough space in the jaw for all of the teeth to fit normally. This crowding can result in overlapping, twisting, or being pushed forward or backward, affecting dental health and the appearance of the smile. Crowded teeth can complicate oral hygiene, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease due to the difficulty in cleaning overlapping areas.


Gapped Teeth

Gapped teeth, known medically as diastema, involve noticeable spaces between two or more teeth. These gaps can appear anywhere in the mouth but are most commonly seen between the two upper front teeth, affecting the uniformity and aesthetics of one's smile. Gapped teeth may affect proper chewing and speech, and large gaps can lead to gum problems due to the exposure of the gum tissue.



An overbite is characterized by the upper front teeth extending far beyond the lower front teeth. This condition can influence facial profile, chewing efficiency, and may contribute to wear and tear on the teeth over time. An overbite can cause excessive wear on the lower teeth and may contribute to jaw pain and difficulties in biting and chewing.



An underbite is when the lower teeth extend beyond the upper teeth, creating a prominent chin and an unusual facial profile. This condition can affect chewing and speaking and may lead to greater wear on the teeth. It can also cause strain on the jaw and muscles, potentially leading to TMJ disorders.



An open bite is a condition where the upper and lower teeth do not touch when the mouth is closed, creating a noticeable gap. This can affect both the front and back teeth and often impacts chewing and speech. Open bites can also lead to greater strain on the jaw and remaining teeth, increasing the risk of wear and tear as well as TMJ disorders.



Orthodontic treatments often extend beyond functional corrections to address cosmetic concerns, significantly enhancing one's self-esteem and social interactions. A well-aligned smile can dramatically improve facial aesthetics, contributing to a more balanced and harmonious appearance. Additionally, correcting misalignments can also provide a more youthful look, making cosmetic reasons a compelling aspect of orthodontic care.