Common Orthodontic Issues


Common Orthodontic Issues

Crowding of the teeth

crowding of the teeth beforeBefore
crowding of the teeth afterAfter

Orthodontic treatment began for this patient at age 11. The patient wore braces for 26 months and is now excited to show off his new smile.


Open bite: front teeth don’t touch

open bite beforeBefore
open bite afterAfter

This patient presented with an open bite as a result of sucking her thumb as a small child. Treatment began at age 13, and consisted of braces along with a special appliance called a crib. The crib worked to retrain her tongue to prevent it from pushing forward. After 28 months of treatment, our patient has a beautifully functioning smile that allows her to eat and chew normally.


Deep overbite: lower front teeth bite into palate

deep overbite beforeBefore
deep overbite afterAfter

This 25-year-old patient required jaw surgery along with braces to correct a severe overbite. Had the patient received orthodontic treatment as an adolescent, surgery could have been avoided. The overall treatment time for this patient was two years.


Missing lateral incisors

missing lateral incisors beforeBefore
missing lateral incisors afterAfter

This patient was missing her lateral incisors, which never developed. She wore braces for 20 months to guide her teeth to their correct positions. Her missing teeth were replaced with bonded Maryland bridges for a complete smile.


Underbite: lower front teeth in front of upper teeth

underbite beforeBefore
underbite afterAfter

This patient’s underbite had left her in severe jaw discomfort and an improper bite pattern had left her teeth with severe wear. She began treatment at age 32 and treatment lasted close to 30 months. Today, she loves to smile and finds chewing easier and more comfortable.


Spacing of teeth

spacing of teeth beforeBefore
spacing of teeth afterAfter

This patient was uncomfortable showing his smile with the spaces in his mouth. In 24 months, braces closed those spaces, providing our patient with his ideal smile and bite. Bonded retainers were placed in the spaces to ensure they remain closed.


Overjet: protruding front teeth

overjet beforeBefore
overjet afterAfter

This patient received two phase treatment, beginning at the age of 10,to correct her overjet. The first phase of treatment guided jaw growth and the second phase aligned her teeth and bite properly. Treatment was completed by age 13, and now she happily shows off her new smile.


Non-braces treatment

non braces treatment beforeBefore
non braces treatment afterAfter

Not every patient requires braces to improve his tooth alignment. This patient came to us at age seven with severe crowding in his lower permanent teeth. We reduced the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned properly on their own in only nine months.


Phase One

phase 1 beforeBefore
phase 1 afterAfter

This patient came to us at age eight, because of concerns about the aesthetics of his smile, as well as the health of his erupting permanent teeth. The lower front teeth were both crowded and touched the palate when the patient bit down. The upper teeth were extremely displaced. The patient spent 12 months in Phase-One treatment, using a palatal expander and partial braces. This treatment improved both the appearance and function of the patient’s smile.