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Different types of malocclusions

Malocclusion refers to any type of misalignment of teeth and bite between the upper and lower teeth. The most common malocclusion conditions include overcrowding, overjet, overbite, crossbite, open bite, underbite, spacing, diastema, impacted tooth, and a missing tooth. Dr. Jacquie Smiles specializes in correcting malocclusions for her NYC patients with Invisalign clear braces and other orthodontic treatments. 

Here are the most common types of malocclusions.


Overcrowding is a very common misalignment condition of the teeth and it’s often caused by a lack of space, where teeth become crooked and overlap. It’s the most common reason for orthodontic treatment among adults.


An overjet is where your top teeth extend past your bottom teeth. This misalignment of the teeth is not to be confused with an overbite. This type of malocclusions may cause problems with eating and speech.


An overbite may cause your front teeth to bite down onto your gums. If left untreated, an overbite could cause possible jaw pain including temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).


A crossbite is where your upper teeth bite inside your lower teeth. In can happen on one or both sides of your jaw and it can affect your front or back teeth.

Open bite

An open bite is where the front teeth don’t overlap the lower teeth. An open bite is also known as an anterior open bite.

Anterior crossbite (underbite)

A crossbite that affects the front teeth is known as an anterior crossbite, or more commonly as an underbite.


Spacing can occur between two or more teeth. Some of the causes of this malocclusion include missing teeth, small teeth, tongue thrusting, and thumb sucking.


A diastema is a space between two teeth, usually the front teeth. Children may have gaps as their baby teeth fall out. 

Impacted tooth

An impacted tooth is one that’s unable to erupt through the gum normally. Treatments include removing the tooth, or exposing it so that a brace can be fitted.

Missing tooth

Missing teeth, or hypodontia, can occur as a result of trauma or teeth not developing properly.


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Malocclusions can be uncomfortable to deal with and leads to problems with eating and speech. You can get your misaligned teeth corrected with Invisalign and with the guidance of a licensed orthodontist in NYC.

Schedule your consultation 

Please contact Dr. Jacquie Smiles today to learn more about malocclusions. Orthodontic treatments are available with Invisalign clear braces and invisible aligners by calling 212-972-3522 or filling out the contact form to receive additional information. Our office is conveniently located near 30 East 40th Street Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.