In the ideal situation, our teeth would bite down in a very specific way to optimize function and oral health. Unfortunately, our teeth are almost never naturally perfect. This causes problems with chewing, oral hygiene, speaking and esthetics.
The most common orthodontic problem is called malocclusion, or ‘bad bite’, and is often times a genetic problem. A bad bit can also be caused by thumb or finger-sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, the early or late loss of baby teeth, accidents or poor nutrition. Trauma and other medical conditions such as birth defects may contribute to orthodontic problems as well.
Orthodontic problems can affect anyone. Parents need to know what dental problems their child may have and whether or not an orthodontist can help. Dental issues can be treated at any age but it is best if they are corrected early on so the problems do not persist and cause more damage to the teeth or gums. What are some common teeth problems that parents can watch out for in their children? Here are examples of some of the most common orthodontic problems many people have and what parents can look for.