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Misalignment issues sometimes referred to as malocclusions can have a vast effect on our overall oral health. Crooked teeth are often much harder to clean than straight teeth, resulting in a higher risk for plaque buildup in hard to reach places around our teeth and gums. With the help of orthodontic aligners, it may be possible to straighten your teeth for a healthier smile.

Are your teeth in the proper alignment? Listed below are some common types of misalignment issues:

– Deep bites or you may know them as closed bites, consist of extreme forms of overbites in which the lower incisors bite into the area behind the upper incisors.
– Underbites or you may know them as bulldog teeth, consist of the lower incisors protruding our further than the upper incisors.
– Some malocclusions consist of overcrowded teeth. In this case, there is not enough space between each tooth, causing rubbing between the teeth, with bends and curvatures often taking place. Spacing issues can also refer to too much space between the teeth, causing unusually large voids to appear.
– Crossbites are malocclusions that transpire when the lower jawbone protrudes further out than the upper jawbone.
– Open bites are malocclusions containing disconnected top and bottom incisors when biting down.
– Misplaced midlines are malocclusions that transpire when the center of your incisors fails to properly line up with the center of your lower incisors.
– Overbites or as you may know them as upper protrusions, overjets, or buck teeth, consist of the upper incisors (front teeth) protruding our further than the lower incisors.
– Other types of malocclusions can include extra or missing teeth, several types of rotation issues, and transposition malocclusions.

If you have a misalignment issue and are looking for orthodontic treatments, you can contact Orthocare Systems Orthodontics to schedule an appointment with Dr. E. Glenn Glassman. We can be reached by calling us at 314-739-8888 or stopping by our office in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s never too late to improve your smile!