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Orthodontic Problems > Orthodontic Problems Teens and Adults
Common Orthodontic Problems in Teens and Adults
By Stephen Yang, DMD, MS
Board Certified Orthodontist
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Most of the time, having crooked teeth or a malocclusion (bad bite) can be traced to genetics.  Other malocclusions stem from environmental factors.  Below are examples of some common orthodontic problems in teens and adults.  If you think you have one of these orthodontic problems, make an appointment to see an orthodontist to find out how the problem can be corrected.

Large Overbite
Underbite
Anterior (Front) Crossbite
Posterior (Back) Crossbite
Open Bite
Deep Bite
Crooked Teeth
Spacing
Missing Teeth
Habits
teen adult orthodontics problem overbite
Large Overbite

Excessive horizontal overlap of the front teeth.  The technical term for overbite is “overjet.” 

teen adult orthodontics problem underbite
Underbite

Lower front teeth biting in front of the upper front teeth.

teen adult orthodontics problem front anterior crossbite
Anterior (Front) Crossbite

Lower front teeth biting in front of the upper front teeth. This can involve two teeth or groups of teeth.

teen adult orthodontics problem back posterior crossbite
Posterior (Back) Crossbite

Upper back teeth biting inside of lower back teeth. This can involve two teeth or groups of teeth.

teen adult orthodontics problem open bite
Open Bite

No overlap of the upper and lower front teeth when biting.

teen adult orthodontics problem deep bite
Deep Bite

Excessive vertical overlap of the upper and lower front teeth when biting.

teen adult orthodontics problem crooked teeth crowding
Crooked Teeth

Misalignment of teeth caused by lack of space.

teen adult orthodontics problem large spaces spacing
Spacing

Spacing between teeth usually caused by small or missing teeth or a strong tongue pushing the teeth forward.

teen adult orthodontics problem missing teeth peg lateral
Missing Teeth

In some patients, some adult teeth never develop. The most common missing teeth are the lower second premolars (directly in front of the first permanent molars), upper lateral incisors, and third molars (wisdom teeth).

teen adult orthodontics problem thumb sucking habit, fingersucking habit, tongue thrust habit
Habits

Thumbsucking, fingersucking, tongue sucking, tongue thrusting, and nail biting can lead to problems such as open bites and large “overbites.”

 
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