The following are common problems that we treat in our office. If you or someone you know has one of these problems, we encourage you to seek treatment with an orthodontist. You do not need a referral from your dentist to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist.
This is when the top front teeth fit inside the bottom teeth and causes a misalignment of the jaw, strain on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or accelerated tooth wear.
Crowding occurs when there is not enough room for the teeth to erupt through the gums in an ideal position. Teeth are then difficult to clean and may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth completely cover the lower front teeth due to overeruption of incisors. This can result in gum defects, wear of the teeth and potential jaw/joint problems.
When the back teeth are not properly aligned, the center of the upper and lower front teeth do not line up as they should.
This is when the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. This may cause problems with speech and chewing food properly. An open bite may occur due to thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
This is when the top back teeth fit inside the bottom back teeth; it may result in a misaligned jaw or pressure on the TMJ joint.
This is when the lower front teeth are in front of the upper front teeth because the lower front teeth are too far forward or the upper front teeth are too far back.
The top front teeth are too far forward or the bottom front teeth are too far back. A person with this problem can easily break their front teeth in case of a hard fall or similar injury.
When there is excess space between teeth, it can be caused by missing or undersized teeth or a large jaw. Spacing of the teeth can cause difficulty with speech and chewing.