The Classification of bites is divided into three main categories: Class I, II and III. This classification touches on the placement of the first molars and how they bite together.
Almost everyone has a Missing or Impacted teeth. Missing teeth are caused by lack of growth or trauma. Impacted teeth are caused by wrong setting of the growing tooth bud. Impacted and missing teeth can be corrected orthodontically.
Crowding and Spacing are common teeth anomalies. Crowding is the inability of all the teeth to fit within the jaws. While spacing is availability of extra space produced by the enlargement of the arches or extraction of teeth. Crowding can be corrected by extraction of teeth and spacing can be corrected by moving the teeth together and aligning them within the arch.
Crossbite occurs when one or more upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. It is dangerous because it causes gum diseases, dysfunctional chewing patterns, e.t.c. This can be corrected by moving the tooth with braces into the right position.
Early intervention (treatment) is necessary for children to prevent many teeth disorders such as impaction of teeth, crossbite, overjet and underbites.
Openbite is a low vertical overlap of the teeth. It occurs as a result of oral habits such as digit sucking, tongue thrust, or improper growth of the jaws. This can be corrected through growth adjustment of the jaws.
Overbite takes place when the upper front teeth bulge out over the lower front teeth. It can be corrected orthodontically by moving the front teeth up and bringing the back teeth together.
Overjet occurs when the lower teeth are far behind the upper teeth. It is caused by a misalignment of the molars. It can be corrected through growth alteration.
Underbite is the opposite of overbite. It is when the lower teeth bulge out past the front teeth. This can be corrected through growth alteration, surgery and extraction of teeth.