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The various orthodontic treatment options are more effective and comfortable than ever before. No matter the malocclusion issue that you or your loved one suffers from, orthodontic treatment can provide the answer. Dr. Bertha Dieguez and our team have put together information about common bite issues for your reading pleasure.

Overbite
If you have an overbite, your upper front teeth come too far in front of the lower front teeth. Most people have at least a slight overbite. An overbite can cause the wearing down of teeth and jaw pain.

Underbite
In an underbite, the lower front teeth sit in front of the upper front teeth. In many cases, an underbite occurs because the lower jaw is sitting too far forward. Those with an underbite may have a hard time chewing and speaking correctly. An underbite can also cause the teeth to wear down too quickly.

Gapped Teeth
Gapped teeth, which are also called spacing issues, occur if you have extra space between two or more teeth. Spacing issues can lead to pockets between the teeth and gums where food can become lodged. This can in turn lead to gum disease.

Open Bite
An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth don’t meet together when the mouth is closed. An open bite can make it difficult to bite and chew foods.

Crowded Teeth
If there isn’t enough room in your jaw for your teeth to fit correctly, crowded teeth may be the result. The teeth can overlap, twist, become bunched up, and even get pushed to the front or the back.

We encourage you to call Dieguez Smiles at 205-980-4744 today to learn more and to schedule an exam with our dentist in Birmingham, Alabama.