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Normal Dentition

 

 

Underbite

An underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

 

 

Spacing

Spacing between the teeth.

 

 

 

Overjet

Overjet is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

 

 

Crowding

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.

 

 

Crossbite

The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause abnormal tooth wear and jaw growth.

 

 

Overbite

The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

 

 

 

Openbite

Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.