Common Orthodontic Issues

Smileworx orthodonticsCROWDING OF THE TEETH

Crowding of the teeth is a common orthodontic issue. Our caring orthodontists loved helping this 11-year-old patient to move his teeth into perfect positioning. After 26 months, his new, healthy smile was revealed!

 

OPEN BITE – FRONT TEETH DON’T TOUCH

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Many young children suck their thumb as a way to help them feel more comfortable and relaxed. However, thumb sucking can significantly impact on the development of the mouth and lead to orthodontic issues, as was the case with the pictured patient. At the age of 13, this patient began her orthodontic journey to help to correct her bite. She has had braces and a special appliance called a crib
(to retrain her tongue) for a total of 28 months. Her
bite has improved so much that she can bite the
lettuce of a sandwich!

 

DEEP OVERBITE – LOWER FRONT TEETH BITE
INTO PALATE

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Our understanding team know that sometimes braces are necessary as an adult too. We loved to help this 25-year-old patient correct his overbite over 24 months. This particular treatment required some surgery, but if treated before the teenage years, overbites may be able to be corrected non-surgically.

 

MISSING LATERAL INCISORS

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Sometimes our mouths have too many teeth and sometimes not enough! This particular patient’s lateral incisors were congenitally missing. Over a 20-month period with braces, the gaps were filled with bonded “Maryland” bridges (artificial teeth that are secured by the two teeth beside them).

 

UNDERBITE – LOWER FRONT TEETH IN
FRONT OF UPPER TEETH

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Orthodontic treatment can not only change the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but it can also change its functionality and prevent further damage to the teeth. This 32-year-old patient’s under bite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. Significantly changing a bite can be a bit more of a lengthy process, but our friendly team offered their full support throughout
the 30-month treatment. But the result is always
worth the time; she now finds chewing and smiling
easier and isn’t wearing down her teeth!

 

SPACING OF TEETH

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Spacing of the teeth is a problem that can be solved using braces. In 24-months, we were able to give our patient a healthy smile and an ideal bite, as well as special glued-in retainers to keep the spaces closed.

 

OVERJET – PROTRUDING FRONT TEETH

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With more complicated treatments, sometimes the process must be staged in separate phases. At age ten, the patient had an overjet with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. The first stage was for our orthodontists to help this patient’s jaw to grow more harmoniously before aligning her teeth perfectly. The result was a smile she was happy to show off.

 

NON-BRACES TREATMENT

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Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment, especially if the treatment is started early. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. Our careful and meticulous orthodontic team reduced the width of her adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.

 

PHASE-ONE

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At a young age, it might not even take an orthodontist to be able to tell that there were some problems with your child’s teeth. You might be able to see It for yourself! This patient’s parents brought him in at the age of 8, expressing their concerns about the health of the erupting permanent teeth. Our welcoming and understanding team assessed the child’s mouth and thoroughly discussed the
condition both with parents and child. The lower
front teeth were crowded and touching the palate,
and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced
from their normal positions. The decided course of
treatment involved a phase-one treatment with an
expander and partial braces, revealing a healthier
and happier smile 12 months later.