When the upper and lower jaw are not the same size, it often creates bite problems. At Bay Area Kids Dentist, we can help.
The common issues include:
Overbites and Underbites
When the lower jaw is smaller than the upper jaw, it is called an overbite. When the reverse is true, it is called an underbite.
Another related abnormality is called a crossbite. Crossbites occur when lower teeth are in the wrong position. They may be incorrectly positioned sideways, forward or backward.
Malocclusion (literally ‘bad bite’) is the term used for all kinds of bite problems including overbites, underbites and crossbites.
Jaw Alignment Problems
Jaw alignment issues can cause a range of issues for children. They can get in the way of proper chewing and swallowing. Teeth can shift around in the mouth, causing pain and affecting speech.
Gum disease and tooth decay are more difficult to prevent because oral hygiene is a challenge. TMJ disorder over time. Distorted facial shape and unattractive teeth are often the most noticeable and troubling concerns for little ones affected.
At Bay Area Kids Dentist, we offer complete orthodontic care that improves bites. Parents all over Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Morgan Hill trust their children to our early dental care. Call for an appointment today!