Worried about an underbite, overbite, or crowding? Find out about your smile below.
Do you have…
…a lower jaw that extends out?
You may have an underbite, which causes the upper-front teeth to sit behind your lower-front teeth. This can lead to jaw pain, interfere with your speech, and change the structure of your mouth and smile.
…upper-front teeth that extend out?
You may have an overbite, which causes the upper-front teeth to sit over your lower-front teeth. This can cause the lower-front teeth to bite into the roof of your mouth and affect the way you talk and chew.
…upper and lower teeth that don’t overlap?
You may have an openbite, which keeps the upper and lower teeth from closing properly. This can affect your biting, chewing, and swallowing, and even cause habits such as tongue thrusting. You might also have a speech impediment or be unable to close your lips around your teeth.
…upper teeth that sit inside the lower teeth?
You may have a crossbite, which causes your teeth to either grow closer to the cheek or the tongue. If left untreated, this misalignment can cause excess pressure on the jaw joint, head and cheek pain, a clicking or popping when you open and close your mouth, and temporo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
…gaps in between teeth?
You may have spacing problems, which can be caused by missing teeth or simple cosmetic problems. Gaps between teeth may cause you to hide your smile and impose speech problems.
Your teeth may not have enough room to erupt from the gum. With crowded teeth, teeth can be difficult to clean and pockets may trap food and plaque, which causes gum disease.
…mismatched dental midlines?
You may have a back bite that does not fit properly, which can interfere with jaw function and cause tooth wear.