Once individuals pass through their adolescence, getting braces or another type of orthodontic treatment is often far from their minds. However, teenagers are not the only ones who can enjoy a straight, beautiful smile.

Even minor adjustments can be made to one's smile as an adult, and with products like Invisalign or clear braces no one else has to know that the teeth are being straightened. But, certain mouth or dental issues can often be overlooked, or considered "not a big deal." While seemingly small, in the long run some of these factors could become major problems.

Take for example an overbite. This is when the upper set of teeth bite over the lower teeth. After time, this can lead to gum problems. Also, the top teeth could wear on the bottom ones or even cause serious jaw issues such as Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Another type of bite that could lead to pain or discomfort is an underbite, which is when the lower set of teeth protrude past the front teeth. In this case, the normal use of front teeth or even the molars could be prevented from occurring. This situation can also lead to tooth wear and jaw problems. 

Sometimes though, a crossbite is formed. This happens when the upper and lower jaws are actually misaligned, leading to some upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Bone loss, gum disease and teeth being worn down are all possibilities from a crossbite.

It is important to remember that every case is different and that speaking with a New York orthodontist can help you determine which orthodontic treatment option is best for you and your bite.

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