Common Problems

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Listed below, we have provided some information on common orthodontic problems. Dr. Joseph Basile and our professional team can successfully treat these issues with orthodontic treatments in Minnetonka and Prior Lake, Minnesota. Please call Prior Lake Orthodontics (952-447-6088) or Basile Orthodontics (952-474-3203) to make an appointment!

Malocclusion Class I
Your jaw relationship is relatively normal, but your teeth may be very over-crowded and unattractive.

Malocclusion Class II
You have an overjet (commonly called an overbite). Your lower jaw has not grown forward like your upper jaw. This has been described as having “buck teeth.” It may also look like your chin is too far back.

Malocclusion Class III
You have an underbite. This may be caused by your upper jaw not growing forward enough or by your lower jaw growing forward too much.

Crooked Teeth/Crowding
An orthodontic problem that gives the appearance of having too many teeth and not enough room for them.

Anterior Crossbite
A bad bite where some of your upper front teeth are inside of your lower teeth when you bite down.

Posterior Crossbite
A bad bite where some of your upper back teeth on one or both sides are inside of your lower teeth when you bite down.

Deep Bite
A bad bite where your upper teeth cover most or all of your lower teeth when you bite down.

Diastema
A space between two teeth.

Open Bite
A bad bite where the front teeth do not come together when you bite down. This can be caused from thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or mouth breathing.

Overjet
The horizontal (front-to-back) relationship of the upper teeth to the lower front teeth. Some people mistakenly refer to this as an overbite.

Impacted Teeth/Crossbite
When the roots of the teeth fully develop but the teeth fail to erupt, these teeth are considered to be impacted. The most commonly impacted teeth are the third molars (wisdom teeth) and the canines. An impacted tooth needs to be moved into its correct position. After braces have been in place for some months, an oral surgeon will “expose” the tooth and attach a bracket to it. The orthodontist will then move the tooth to its proper position in the mouth.

Missing Teeth
You are considered to have missing teeth if you have fewer than 20 primary (baby) teeth or fewer than 32 permanent teeth. This condition is usually genetic. The most commonly seen missing teeth are the upper lateral incisors, the lower second bicuspids, and the wisdom teeth (third molars).

  • Prior Lake Orthodontics - 5116 Gateway St. S.E., Suite 103, Prior Lake, MN 55372 Phone: 952-447-6088
  • Basile Orthodontics, PA - 17809 Hutchins Dr., Suite 101, Minnetonka, MN 55345 Phone: 952-474-3203

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