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Common Issues

There are a number of different problems that orthodontics can correct.


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Following are some of the most common orthodontic issues that we can correct through a variety of treatment options:

  • Overbite: The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.
  • Underbite: When the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.
  • Crossbite: The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause misaligned jaw growth.
  • Openbite: Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.
  •  Widely Spaced Teeth: Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic issue.
  • Protrusion: Characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward. The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite.
  • Crowding: Occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.
  • Misaligned Dental Midlines: Caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

These common orthodontic issues can be treated at any age but it is best if they are corrected early on so the problems do not persist and cause more damage to the teeth or gums. Dr. Garrison and his team can help quickly identify the orthodontic issue being faced, how it is impacting your mouth and smile and, most importantly, what can be done to correct the issue. Call us or contact us today to arrange for a complimentary consultation, and get started on your journey to treating these common issues … and transforming your child’s smile.