Statistics show that most of us, including children, have some type of bad bite problem and it may even just affect one misplaced tooth. A mild misalignment of the teeth, or malocclusion, causes no medical or functional problems, and usually proves to be of little cosmetic concern. Severe teeth malocclusions may cause serious problems, sometimes both functional and psychological, and must be treated by our Los Altos children’s orthodontist. Known to work wonders, our orthodontist with Children’s Dental Group can repair a crooked smile and re-align an off-set bite, but there can be some issues to deal with along the way. The goal of orthodontics is, basically, to correct a malocclusion while continuing to promote oral health. A malocclusion might have been inherited or possibly caused by poor oral habits, including early thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
Some other orthodontic problems that we will want to address with our Los Altos children’s orthodontist are the various types of malocclusions such as, a cross bite, under bite, over bite and an open bite. Once your child has had their orthodontic consultation, we will have specific information regarding your child’s condition, what their goals will be, and how best to correct thier problem. When the upper teeth are quite a bit more forward then the lower, it’s considered an overbite, also known as an “overjet”. In minor cases, we can treat it with orthodontics but in severe cases jaw surgery is required in addition to the orthodontic treatment. With an underbite, or negative overjet, the lower teeth sit in front of the upper teeth. Again orthodontic treatment is sufficient if the condition is slight but in more serious cases, jaw surgery is necessary. The same goes for an open bite when a patient tries to close their teeth together and only a few teeth meet. A deep bite, where the upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth, vertically, will definitely require both orthodontic treatment as well as jaw surgery in order to be corrected properly.
The last type of bite involves the motion of the jaw going side-to-side rather than back and forth. Caused by the upper jaw being too wide or too narrow for the lower jaw, the bottom teeth will not meet up properly with the top teeth on the sides of the mouth. In this case as well, orthodontic treatment and jaw surgery is necessary for correction. Our Los Altos children’s orthodontist is an expert in his field and will diagnose and treat your child’s condition thoroughly as well as compassionately. We will explain the diagnosis in detail so you will understand the treatment options decided on so you know exactly what to expect.