Common Problems


An underbite is characterised by the lower jaw sticking out, causing the lower front teeth to bite in front of the upper front teeth.


Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or small teeth.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

If your upper front teeth stick out too far, they are at risk of damage if you knock them. Sometimes though, the actual problem is that the lower jaw is too small rather than the upper front teeth themselves.


Crowding means that your teeth have teeth have insufficient room: too much tooth, not enough space. Crowding can sometimes be corrected by expansion, but sometimes tooth removal may be required.


The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may make your teeth crooked, and can sometimes cause problems with the jaw joints.


The upper front teeth extend too far down over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.


Proper chewing can be affected by an openbite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not meet together properly. Openbite can be related to tongue function, but can also be associated with face height.

Midline problems

When the upper front teeth are not in the middle of the smile, this looks wrong, and people may think that something is wrong with your smile.