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Teeth and Face Classifications

Teeth Classifications

teeth classifcations

Class 1: Class I is a normal relationship between the upper teeth, lower teeth and jaws or balanced bite.

Class II: Class II is where the lower first molar is posterior (or more towards the back of the mouth) than the upper first molar. In this abnormal relationship, the upper front teeth and jaw project further forward than the lower teeth and jaw. There is a convex appearance in profile with a receding chin and lower lip. Class II problems can be due to insufficient growth of the lower jaw, an over growth of the upper jaw or a combination of the two.

Class III: Class III is where the lower first molar is anterior (or more towards the front of the mouth) than the upper first molar. In this abnormal relationship, the lower teeth and jaw project further forward than the upper teeth and jaws. There is a concave appearance in profile with a prominent chin. Class III problems are usually due to an overgrowth in the lower jaw, undergrowth of the upper jaw or a combination of the two. Like Class II problems, they can be genetically inherited.

Face Classification

Class I: Maxillary-Mandibular Dental Protrusion teeth: This is an example of a dental malocclusion that may require the removal of teeth for correction.
Maxillary-Mandibular Dental Retrusion teeth: This is an example of a dental malocclusion that may be treated with expansion rather than removing teeth.

Class II: Maxillary Dental Protrusion – teeth: This malocclusion may require the removal of teeth.
Mandibular Retrognathism – jaws: The lower jawbone has not grown as much as the upper jaw. This example of a Class II malocclusion demonstrates the need for early growth guidance.
Mandibular Retrognathism – jaws : These Class malocclusions are more difficult to treat due to the skeletal disharmony and may require orthognathic surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatment.

Class III: Mandibular Dental Protrusion – teeth: The lower teeth are too far in front of the upper teeth. This malocclusion is treated with orthodontic procedures, which may require the extraction of teeth due to the dental protrusion.

Mandibular Prognathism – jaws: The lower jawbone has outgrown the upper jaw. This malocclusion is more difficult to treat due to the skeletal disharmony and may require orthognathic surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatment.