Why Should I Go to an Orthodontist for Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is about more than just looking good. Proper alignment affects periodontal issues, tooth decay, jaw issues and more.
An orthodontist specializes in treating those with malocclusion — a condition in which teeth aren’t positioned properly, resulting in an improper bite. We also treat and control the development of the jaws and help aesthetically improve your smile. We use a range of modalities, including braces, headgear and functional appliances to:
Close wide gaps between the teeth
Align and straighten teeth
Improve speech or your ability to chew and eat
Improve the long-term health of your teeth and gums
Prevent long-term excessive wear or tooth trauma
We have the training and experience to give you the best smile possible.
Common Problems That Require Orthodontic Treatment
Everyone’s orthodontic issues are unique. But these are the most common problems we see in our office.
Overjet/Upper Front Teeth Protrude– With this common problem, the the upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth excessively.
Overbite– With this condition, the upper teeth cover the bottom teeth when the mouth is closed. It’s a severe overlap.
Underbite– The lower jaw comes forward a bit and the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth.
Crowding– When there’s not enough space in the mouth on the upper and/or lower jaw for the normal number of adult teeth. Teeth are too large for the jaw.
Spacing– When the teeth are smaller than normal or the jaw is larger than normal, gaps can form between teeth. When teeth do not fill the entire jaw, spacing issues can result.
Crossbite– This occurs when the upper teeth fit into the wrong side of the lower teeth.
Open bite– This malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower f ront teeth don’t overlap, creating an opening straight into the mouth.