Nature does an amazing job with our bodies and that includes our teeth. Baby teeth usually start coming in before our first birthday and by age three you have 20 baby teeth – 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom. Baby teeth usually come into place very nicely. Most young kids have straight teeth. Around the age of six or seven, most kids will start to lose their baby teeth and the adult teeth start coming in. Various problems can develop or become noticeable as the teeth and jaws develop.
Ideally, your adult teeth come in as a nice broad arch form that gives you a wide smile that looks great, gives lots of room for your tongue and breathing, and one that supports your lips. You want the upper and lower teeth to fit together in a way that supports each other and makes chewing comfortable and efficient. A good fit of your teeth is also gentler on your teeth and jaw joints.
However, when the natural process doesn’t work perfectly, orthodontic problems can occur, such as: