Common Orthodontic Treatments
Dr. Mike can help correct myriad orthodontic problems in people of all ages. Our patients emanate from all over The Triad, and we are a family-first operation. Whether your child needs their first orthodontic evaluation, or you want to help your teen with discreet Invisalign, we are the people to see.
If you need corrective work done, we look forward to meeting you at Lake Jeanette Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry.
Common Orthodontic Problems
Crowded, misaligned, or gapped teeth are common needs for orthodontic treatment. Other issues include:
- Overbite or underbite
- Open bite
- Front teeth protrusion
- Mismatched midlines
- Improper Eruption
- Impacted Teeth
Tooth Alignment and Oral Health
Here’s a look at some of these common issues in more detail:
An overbite is when the front of your upper teeth extends excessively over the front of your lower teeth. Often, this causes the bottom teeth to bite into the roof of your mouth.
An underbite occurs when your lower jaw extends so that the bottom teeth are further out than your upper teeth.
When your upper and lower front teeth do not overlap, the gap is known as an open bite. It makes chewing difficult and sometimes precipitates more serious issues, like temporomandibular joint disorder.
A crossbite is when upper teeth sit behind or inside of your lower teeth. The seating leads to an asymmetric jaw and misaligned jaw growth.
Front Teeth Protrusion
Front teeth protrusions are when your front teeth extend too far forward or rear teeth too far inward. It affects both the functionality and appearance of your bite.
A mismatched midline occurs when the center of the upper and lower teeth do not line up.
An issue with children’s teeth, improper eruption occurs when an adult tooth erupts from the gums partially, at an odd angle, or in the wrong place.
An impacted tooth is when a tooth cannot emerge with another tooth blocking its way, or the jaw is too crowded. The most well-known type of impaction occurs with wisdom teeth, often in adulthood.
Common Orthodontic Procedures
Our orthodontist is well-equipped to handle all your orthodontics treatments, including:
- Traditional metal braces
- Clear or ceramic braces
- Fixed or removable retainers
Still a prevalent form of treatment, traditional braces consist of metal brackets placed on your teeth. The parts are connected by wires that help to adjust your teeth gradually. During your treatment period, the orthodontist will tighten or loosen the wire to keep your teeth on course.
Another attractive option for many teens and adults is Invisalign. These almost invisible braces use a series of clear, plastic trays to align your teeth. Each set is worn over the teeth and replaced every two weeks until the required correction is complete.
Finally, a retainer helps to keep the realigned teeth in place. These fittings can be bound to the back teeth or a removable appliance, depending on the treatment required.