Experiencing a problem with your bite? We can help! We can resolve common orthodontic problems with orthodontic care in Pataskala, Ohio. Call today for a consultation at Shirck Orthodontics with our experienced orthodontists, Dr. Jeff, Dr. Soo and Dr. Betina, and team. We can give you a beautiful and healthy smile!

There are various kinds of bite problems, or malocclusions. Left untreated, these problems can have a negative impact on your appearance, your smile and your oral health.

Crossbite

A crossbite is when one or multiple lower teeth come in front of your upper teeth as you bite down. Crossbites can result in damage to the teeth, like chipping, or problems such as TMJ disorder. Crossbites can also cause gum recession and bone loss, and in severe cases, crossbites can lead to atypical facial development.

Open Bite

An open bite typically appears one of two ways: You have a gap between your upper and lower teeth, or your back teeth do not meet when you close your mouth. Open bites can cause a lisp, difficulties with chewing, or worn or fractured teeth. Open bites can also make it harder to bite into some foods.

Underbite

An underbite is a jaw misalignment where the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth. Underbites can impact your facial appearance, as the lower jaw will protrude further out than the upper jaw. An underbite may wear down teeth and make it harder to chew and speak easily, and it can lead to developing TMJ disorder.

Overbite

An overbite is when your front teeth come over your back teeth. Overbites can appear as protruding front teeth, commonly known as buck teeth, or even as a severe overbite known as a deep bite or closed bite. Overbites can lead to tooth damage and jaw problems as well as affecting your ability to talk and eat. Deep bites can also lead to ulcers and sores in your mouth.

Crowding

Crowding typically happens when there is not enough room on your dental ridges for your teeth. This can result in the teeth moving out of alignment, growing in crookedly and overlapping each other. Tooth crowding can make it harder to brush your teeth, making you more vulnerable to gum disease. It can also lead to broken teeth and TMJ disorder.

Diastema

Diastema shows up as a space between your teeth. Diastema caused by thumb sucking as a child, tongue thrusting or periodontal disease can lead to loose teeth and pain while chewing, requiring orthodontic care. Otherwise, you may simply want the gap repaired to enhance the appearance of your smile.

With orthodontic treatments, we can protect your oral and dental health and revitalize your smile. If you are experiencing any kind of orthodontic problems, we invite you to visit us so we may evaluate your smile and see what kind of orthodontic care is right for you. Contact us today to get started!