Young African American boy wearing a red shirt and braces.Malocclusions
A malocclusion is a deviation in intramaxillary and/or intermaxillary relations of teeth from normal occlusion. Also referred to as a bad bite, malocclusions are often associated with other dentofacial deformities.

The lower jaw extends out causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic issue.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion
The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

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

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

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

Open Bite
Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Open bite may be caused by things like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Dental Midlines Not Matched
This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.