Treating The Most Common Orthodontic Problems
Common Orthodontic Conditions
At Legacy Orthodontics, we spend every day treating common orthodontic problems. No matter how complex your case is, we're here to help.
Addressing Your Common Orthodontic Issues
Oral Health Problems We Encounter Frequently
When looking for an orthodontist for yourself or your child, it's essential to find one with experience dealing with common orthodontic issues. We deal with all types of complex orthodontic cases and can help with:
Narrow Upper Jaw
Severe & Mild Crowding
Dental Midline Not Lining Up
An open bite is one of the most common orthodontic issues, referring to when someone's upper and lower teeth don't meet when they close their mouth. As a result, you'll see a visible gap or opening even when their jaw is closed. There are many different causes for this, including hereditary, caused by thumb sucking, prolonged use of pacifiers, or tongue thrusting. An open bite can cause speech impediments and lisps, possible difficulty eating food and increased wear on back teeth.
An underbite is when an individual has lower teeth that overlap the upper teeth. This is sometimes referred to as a "bulldog bite." A misalignment of the lower jaw typically causes underbites. Individuals with underbites can experience eating problems, speech impediments, difficulties with breathing, especially during the night and tooth wear and decay. Depending on the severity of the underbite and the patient's age, we can treat this non-surgically with braces or Invisalign.
Overbites are one of the most common orthodontic issues, also known as a "deep bite" and refer to when the upper teeth cover the lower teeth. This can be hereditary or can be caused by a malformed jaw from habits like thumb sucking, prolonged use of pacifiers and bottles, and tongue thrusting.
Just like with underbites, we can correct an overbite with braces and Invisalign if it's a mild case, and it's better to address earlier rather than later.
Narrow Upper Jaw
Having a narrow upper jaw can cause orthodontic problems, including crooked or misaligned teeth, crossbites, front teeth sticking out and impacted teeth. When someone has a narrow upper jaw, this typically means they don't have enough room in their mouth for all of their teeth to fit.
If we catch this early enough, we can expand the upper jaw using an expander, slowly expanding the jaw until it's at the correct width. Later correction of narrow upper jaws may require surgery.
Other Common Orthodontic Issues
Correcting With Braces & Invisalign
Severe & Mild Crowding
Teeth crowding occurs when there isn't enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth. This can happen because your teeth are larger than normal, or there isn't enough room in your jaws. Having a crowded mouth can affect both your appearance and your oral health.
Crossbites are when some of your teeth are inside the lower teeth rather than outside. There are many different reasons why crossbites can occur, but we can easily treat it with the use of retainers, braces and Invisalign.
Dental Midline Not Matching Up
Having a dental midline that doesn't match up can cause issues with your jaw function. This is a prominent condition, as when you bite down, we'll be able to visibly see the front teeth not matching up with the bottom teeth.
Abnormal eruption refers to when your teeth come in and change the normal spacing of your teeth. This typically happens when your primary adult teeth come in or you have more teeth than is normal.
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