Our teeth can be as unique as our fingerprints. There are all sorts of ways that your teeth alignment can differ from the norm. If you’re thinking about orthodontic treatment, it might be helpful to understand more about your teeth as they currently are.
What is a malocclusion?
A malocclusion is the name given to misalignments of the teeth or the bite. It covers a huge selection of toothy issues, from underbites to crooked teeth to overcrowding.
Could you have an underbite?
An underbite is a malocclusion that affects how your front teeth come together. If your upper front teeth sit inside your lower front teeth when you bite, you may have an underbite. This is also called an anterior crossbite.
Could you have a crossbite?
A crossbite is when your upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth. The term crossbite usually refers to the side teeth, while anterior crossbite or underbite refers to the front teeth.
Could you have an overbite?
It’s normal for your top teeth to sit slightly further forward than your bottom teeth, but in some cases this is exaggerated. If your top teeth sit so far forward that they meet your gums, it’s likely you have an overbite.
Could your teeth be overcrowded?
Overcrowding is one of the most common malocclusions we treat in adults. This is when a lack of space has meant that your teeth have grown crooked, often with overlaps.
Could it be something else?
Not sure that any of these issues describe your particular malocclusion? Not to worry: we’ll cover a range of other common malocclusions in How to Tell What Kind of Malocclusion You Have (Part Two). Subscribe to our weekly newsletterto make sure you don’t miss it.