Common Teeth Problems


At Eastern Virginia Orthodontics, our mission is to help each of our patients achieve their healthiest smile. As part of this goal, we work to identify both current and potential orthodontic problems, so that we can determine the best treatment plan.

When a person's teeth or jaws do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the problem. If left untreated, these orthodontic problems, often referred to as malocclusions, can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joints.

Below are some of the most common teeth problems:


underbite.pngAn underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending too far out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

Cross Bite

crossbite.pngThis malocclusion occurs when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth. In order to close the mouth, patients usually move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing. This incorrect bite results in an improper use of the lower jaws and sometimes brings about facial asymmetry.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

protrusionThe appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.


overbite.pngThe upper front teeth extend too far out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. Problems often associated with an overbite include a "gummy" smile, protruding lips and excessive incisor wear.


crowding.pngCrowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums. It is the most common reason for braces. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal problems and dental decay because it is harder to clean overlapping teeth's surfaces.


spacing.pngSpacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue. Spacing is another popular reason for braces. The opposite of crowding, spacing is most commonly caused by excessive jaw room for the size of the erupting teeth.

Open Bite

openbite.pngProper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Open Bite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting or thumb sucking. An early evaluation and intervention is essential in correcting an open bite.

Dental Midlines Not Matched

midlines.pngDental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw function and proper dental function.

Treatment Options

Orthodontics has made it possible to correct all of the above problems, and more. Patients of all ages can have perfectly straight, healthy, and attractive smiles thanks to orthodontic treatment which corrects jaw alignment and creates a perfectly aligned bite in addition to straightening the teeth. At Eastern Virginia Orthodontics, we’re pleased to offer a variety of treatment options, including:

Schedule An Appointment Today!

If you or your child is experiencing any of the above common teeth problems, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with Eastern Virginia Orthodontics today so that we can determine the best way to correct the issue. We’ll work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your budget and lifestyle. If you have questions on common teeth problems or anything related to orthodontics, reach out to us at any of our 3 convenient locations. We can’t wait to hear from you!