Common Bite Problems Requiring Orthodontic Treatment

There are many common bite problems that can be solved with orthodontic treatment. Proper teeth and jaw alignment go far beyond improving a patient’s aesthetic appearance. Correcting malocclusion, or an incorrect bite, improves oral and digestive health, while reducing jaw and mouth pain. If you or your child has one of the problems listed here, Contact Us or schedule your complimentary initial exam to learn about your options for treatment.

Proper Bite


Ideal Bite – Front

Properly aligned teeth with centered mid-lines and slight overbite.


Ideal Bite – Side

Teeth mesh together at proper position with slight overbite.

Problematic Bites



Teeth overlapping due to small dental arch and/or teeth position.



Gaps between teeth due to small teeth or protrusion of teeth.



Upper front teeth positioned too far in front of lower front teeth.



Lower front teeth or jaw positioned too far in front of upper teeth.


Deep Overbite

Upper front teeth vertically overlaps excessively over lower teeth.



Upper and lower teeth do not overlap. Often caused by thumb habit.



Teeth are blocked out and unable to erupt normally.


Tongue Thrusting

Sticking tongue between teeth may lead to an open bite.


Narrow Upper Jaw

Upper jaw too narrow and sits on the inside of the lower jaw.


Anterior Crossbite

Lower front teeth sit in front of upper teeth.