With an underbite, the lower jaw extends further than the upper jaw. This condition can cause facial imbalances, cause pain or difficulty chewing and speaking, and can cause the teeth to wear down prematurely as they don’t meet evenly.
Underbites are often treated with Invisalign® or a form of braces, and in more severe cases, surgical orthodontics.
When the upper jaw extends further than the lower jaw, this characterizes an overbite condition. Depending on how severe the condition is, an overbite can make it challenging to eat and chew properly. In some cases, the lower teeth will meet the roof of the mouth—ouch!
Like underbites, overbites are often treated with Invisalign® or a form of braces, and in more severe cases, surgical orthodontics.
When the upper teeth are positioned inside the lower teeth, this is called a crossbite. This may be a posterior crossbite (in the back of the mouth) or an anterior crossbite (toward the front of the mouth).
Crossbites can affect individual teeth or multiple teeth in a row. This condition is often the result of irregular tooth eruption, late loss of baby teeth, or thumbuscking during childhood. It can also occur due to a mismatch in the size of the upper and lower jaws.
Crossbites are often treated with braces, Invisalign, and/or various orthodontic appliances.