There are many kinds of conditions that may require orthodontic treatment. Knowing the different conditions and the necessary treatment can help you understand what to expect when you need to undergo orthodontic treatment. There is never a smile that can’t be fixed with proper dental and orthodontic care.
Crowding of the Teeth
Tooth crowding is an extremely common problem. It usually occurs when the space in the jaw is insufficient to effectively hold teeth. Early prevention can help prevent this problem from occurring. However, crowded teeth are completely fixable. Braces can help straighten out your smile.
Open Bite- Front Teeth that Don’t Touch
This condition occurs fairly frequently when a child has a habit of sucking their thumb or uses their pacifier for too long. This can cause the front teeth to grow in at angles to each other, around the pacifier or thumb. This can be fixed, but it may require a few different appliances. Braces and appliances designed to retrain the tongue can fix these orthodontic issues.
Deep Overbite- Lower Front Teeth Bite Into Palate
Braces are often sufficient for fixing a deep overbite. However, this is most effective when orthodontic treatment is undergone as a teenager. Older patients may also require jaw surgery to completely fix the overbite.
Missing Lateral Incisors
Missing teeth are relatively common occurrences that will likely require orthodontic treatment. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can lead to oral health problems. Using braces can help move teeth into their correct positions. There are many options for replacing missing teeth, whether you use bridges or implants.
Underbite- Lower Front Teeth in Front of Upper Teeth
Underbites can lead to jaw joint discomfort and unnecessary wear on the teeth. Braces are a common tool for fixing misaligned bites. Receiving orthodontic treatment can help make smiling and chewing much easier.
Spacing of Teeth
Though overcrowding is relatively common, excessive spacing is also a common oral problem. The spaces between the teeth can cause problems with self-esteem, as well as cause the teeth to be more vulnerable to decay. Braces are able to close these spaces and retainers can be implemented to prevent teeth from moving after orthodontic treatment has been completed.
Overjet- Protruding Front Teeth
Overjets occur when the top teeth protrude beyond the bottom one. This often requires multiple phases of treatment. The first phase will help the jaw grow and function together. The second phase helps to align the teeth and the bite.
Braces aren’t always the best option for fixing your teeth. Occasionally, procedures can be used to fix teeth and reduce the need for further orthodontic treatment. Whatever your situation, there is some solution for creating a beautiful, perfect smile. Some clients may require more orthodontic treatment than others. Contact us today to schedule your orthodontic appointment! This will help us determine the ideal treatment for you and your situation.