Bad bites, also called malocclusions, are misalignments or improper fits with your teeth and jaw. There are a variety of forms of bad bites, including those caused by temporomandibular joint disorders. Bad bites, if left untreated, can result in further damage to your teeth and gums. Most bad bites can be corrected with extensive orthodontic treatment.
Most malocclusions are caused by misalignments of your incisors. Your incisors are your front teeth, which play an important role in biting and speaking. Some of the most common forms of bad bites in your incisors are misplaced midlines, underbites, over bites, deep bites, and open bites. Misplaced midlines occur when the middle of your upper incisors do not line up with the middle of your lower incisors. Underbites occur when your lower front teeth stick out further than your upper front teeth. These are also called bulldog teeth. Overbites occur when your upper front teeth stick out further than your lower front teeth. These are also called buck teeth. Severe forms of overbite are called deep bites. Open bites occur when your front teeth do not close when biting down.
Other forms of malocclusions include crossbites, transposition malocclusions, and rotation malocclusions. Crossbites occur when your lower jaw sticks out past your upper jaw. Transposition malocclusions occur when teeth erupt above the gum line in the wrong positions and space. Rotation malocclusions occur when teeth shift and move out of their alignment. Other issues that can cause bad bites include overcrowded teeth, missing teeth, too many teeth, and large gaps between teeth.
To discover which orthodontic treatments will work best for you, or to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist at Kirby Nelson Orthodontics, call our orthodontic office in North Bend, Washington at 425-888-1896. Dr. Kirby Nelson and our entire team want to ensure you get the smile you’ve always wanted!