Types of Malocclusions

Malocclusions, or issues with the spacing, alignment or positioning of the teeth and jaws, come in a variety of different forms. As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Ibrahim has the training and expertise to determine the underlying cause and develop a personalized treatment plan to remedy it. While every smile is unique, cases typically fall into the following categories:

CROWDING

When crowding occurs, the teeth overlap and become crooked due to a lack of space in the jaw.

OPENBITE

With an open bite, the upper and lower front teeth don’t make contact when the jaws are closed and the back teeth are touching.

UNDERBITE

An underbite is characterized by lower teeth that sit in front of the upper teeth when the teeth are closed together.

OVERBITE

An overbite, sometimes referred to as overjet, is when the top teeth sit substantially farther forward than the bottom teeth when the teeth are closed together.

SPACING

Spacing is when there’s too much room in the jaw and there are gaps between the teeth.

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