Malocclusion means having crooked teeth or a poor bite. Bite refers to the way the upper and lower teeth line up. In a normal bite, the upper teeth sit slightly forward of the lower teeth. Very few people have a perfect bite. Most of the time, malocclusion is a cosmetic problem, which means that people don't like the way their teeth look. But it can also have a serious impact on self-esteem.
Hyperdontia is an oral condition characterized by having an excess number of teeth. The standard number of primary teeth is 20 and the standard number of permanent teeth is 32. Primary teeth are the first set of teeth that erupt in a person's mouth, generally by the age of 36 months, and are shed by the time the person is about 12 years old. Permanent teeth then take the place of the primary teeth and are usually fully erupted by the time the person reaches 21 years of age.
There are several reasons why some people's teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people's mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. In other cases, a person's upper and lower jaws aren't the same size or are malformed, resulting in an overbite.
What should you expect from your first visit to an orthodontist at Image Orthodontics? We are always excited about meeting new patients and are committed to making your first visit a positive and productive experience. Your initial appointment will last 45 minutes to an hour. During this time, we will conduct a thorough examination to gain insight into your orthodontic needs.