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Types Of Orthodontic Bite Problems

In orthodontics, we use many terms derived from the language of Latin. The term “malocclusion” means bad bite. Our natural bite patterns are generally classified into three different categories: Class I, Class II, & Class III. A Class I bite pattern is generally desirable. Class II and Class III present significant and uniquely different problems, both of which we aim to correct to a Class I pattern. In addition to this, there are many different types of bite problems that we can help correct.

We have a library of educational videos to help you better understand the many types of orthodontic problems we diagnose and correct.

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For More Information On a Class II Malocclusion Bite Problem Watch Our Video:

NO. 2

For More Information On a Class III Malocclusion Bite Problem Watch Our Video:

NO. 3

For More Information On Missing Teeth Watch Our Video:

NO. 4

For More Information On Deep Overbite Problems Watch

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For More Information On Open Bite Problems Watch

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For More Information On Extraction Of Permanent Teeth Watch Our Video:

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For More Information On Crossbites Watch Our Video:

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For More Information On Treatment Without Extraction Of Permanent Teeth Watch Our Video:

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For More Information On Impacted Teeth & Tooth Impactions Watch Our Video:

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For More Information On Soft Tissue Laser Surgery & TADS / OMIs Watch Our Video:

Here Are Some Great Examples Of Before & After Treatment

Class III “Underbite”

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Class II “Camouflage Treatment”

Treatment of “CANTED Maxilla With Posterior Crossbite”

Compare Braces To Invisalign

There are many different techniques and types of devices that can be used by an orthodontist to
straighten teeth and correct bite problems. Most people are familiar with “braces,” and the use of
“clear aligner therapy” (CAT), such as Invisalign, Spark, or ULAB is also becoming more commonly
understood by the public. People often ask us to compare braces to clear aligners (like Invisalign).
Hopefully, the following information helps answer this question.

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Dr. McNutt’s


“The most important thing to remember is that you should not select your orthodontist based on the type of braces they use. The braces themselves do not make a great doctor. The braces themselves are only one tool of many that help determine the end result for the patient. You would not choose a carpenter based on the tools in their toolbox. You would choose them based on the quality of their dovetail joints, the wood's shape, the finish's quality, the final product's beauty, and the superior function of the thing they created. An excellent orthodontist is an artist, a craftsman, an engineer, an architect, and a scientist. That is what you should really be choosing. I was blessed to have trained under Dr. William Proffit, the modern father of orthodontics. Dr. Proffit was fond of reminding orthodontic residents in training that what mattered most is the mind, skill, and decision-making of the orthodontist, and not the type of braces or aligners they use. Who is moving your teeth is much more important than what.”

Are you getting the sense yet that we are a different kind of practice?


Below is a collection of frequently asked questions.

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Some Examples Of Problems That May Require Orthodontic Treatment Are:

  • Excessive overbite & overjet

  • Crossbites of the front or back teeth

  • Open bites due to a thumb or finger-sucking habit

  • Open bites due to a tongue-thrusting habit

  • Severe crowding and eruption problems

  • Severely protruding front teeth that are at risk for trauma

  • Problems with how the upper or lower jaws are growing

  • A narrow upper dental arch due to deficient jaw growth

  • Impacted teeth that are stuck in the jaw bone or are moving in the wrong direction

  • Missing teeth, undersized teeth, broken down teeth

  • Teeth that need to be aligned before your dentist places crowns, implants, or veneers

Ortho Bite Problems
Compare Braces to Invisalign
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