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Not all malocclusions are in need of orthodontic care, but if your smile lacks the proper cohesiveness or if your teeth are not functioning as expected, malocclusion treatments will be necessary. Listed below are some tips for spotting common malocclusions:

– Spacing Malocclusions: Malocclusions that happen when there are irregular gaps and spaces between teeth.
– Open Bites: Malocclusions that happen when the upper and lower incisors fail to line up when biting down onto something.
– Crossbites: Malocclusions that happen when the upper and lower jawbones fail to line up.
– Underbites (Bulldog Teeth): Malocclusions that happen when the upper and lower incisors fail to line up, with the lower incisors sticking out further.
– Misplaced Midlines: Malocclusions that happen when the middle of the upper and lower incisors fail to line up.
– Overbites (Upper Protrusions/Buck Teeth): Malocclusions that happen when the upper and lower incisors fail to line up, with the upper incisors sticking out further.
– Transposition Malocclusions: Malocclusions that happen when teeth breach the gum line in places other than where they should be.
– Rotation Malocclusions: Malocclusions that happen when teeth rotate out of alignment.
– Deep Bites: Malocclusions that happen when the upper and lower incisors fail to line up with the upper incisors sticking out far enough that the lower incisors can cut into the gums behind the teeth.

If you would like Dr. Jerrold Hennes and our team at Hennes Orthodontics to bring you in for an orthodontic exam, please contact our office in Vista, California, by calling us at (760) 598.1707. Have a fantastic day!