Types of Bites

Numerous factors, (such as growth patterns, genetics, oral habits, accidents, etc.), influence the final position that your teeth assume in your mouth. Some factors you inherit and others appear while you grow.  Sometimes these factors can be “unkind” and lead to uneven jaw growth or abnormally positioned teeth.  This can be corrected through Orthodontics, and in more challenging cases, Surgical Assisted Orthodontics. Here are a few examples of the types of “Bad Bites” we treat at Pittsburgh Orthodontic Group:

Crowding

Crowding

The misalignment of teeth due to the lack of space in the jaw.

Anterior Open Bite with Posterior Cross Bite

Anterior Open Bite with Posterior Cross Bite

The upper front teeth should cover at least 1/4 of the lower front teeth. The upper back teeth should cover the outer surface of the lower back teeth.

Deep Bite

Deep Bite

The upper front teeth should cover up to 1/3 of the lower front teeth.

Large Overjet

Large Overjet

The upper front teeth should only be 1-3 mm anterior to the lower front teeth.

Narrow Upper Jaw

Narrow Upper Jaw

The upper jaw has a narrow “V” shape appearance where as it should have a “U” shape.

Anterior Cross Bite

Anterior Cross Bite

The upper front teeth should be covering the lower front teeth by up to 30%.

Impacted Canines

Impacted Canines

The upper left canine and both lower canines are lying almost horizontally and completely covered by bone.

Congenitally Missing Teeth

Congenitally Missing Teeth

The upper lateral incisors are the most commonly occurring congenitally missing teeth.

Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical advancement of the lower jaw to correct both the bite and the esthetics of the patient.

Functional Orthodontics

Functional Orthodontics

Forward repositioning of the chin by enhancing growth in the lower jaw of a growing patient with a removable functional appliance.

If you think you or your child are experiencing a dysfunction, please contact us for an evaluation.

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Bloomfield

4815 Liberty Ave.
(412) 682-7900

Moon Township

974 Beaver Grade Road
(412) 741-7700

Mt. Lebanon

750 Washington Road
(412) 563-5800

Pleasant Hills

850 Clairton Blvd.
(412) 469-9550

Scottdale

415 North Chestnut St.
(724) 887-0466

Sewickley

409 Broad Street
(412) 741-7700