Midface hypoplasia describes a situation in which the upper jaw, cheekbones and eye sockets have not grown as much as the rest of the face. Because of this, the eyes can seem large, appearing bulgy or “bug-eyed.” Also, the upper teeth usually do not meet the lower teeth well and result in an “under bite” appearance. This makes the lower jaw appear as if it is sticking out or more protrusive than usual. Finally, this can sometimes be so severe that people can develop severe snoring and sleep apnea, a situation in which someone cannot sleep well because they are waking up many times in the middle of the night due to lack of air.
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