Here at F&S, we specialize in orthodontic treatments that help our patients address irregularities affecting their eating, speech, and overall self-esteem. Our aim is to help our patients improve the esthetics and functionality of their mouths and teeth.
Here are some of the most common abnormalities and our most notable success stories revolving around treatment options for the associated orthodontic problems.
We are familiar with all the dental irregularities mentioned below and can help you benefit from the best orthodontic treatments to correct them. Schedule a first meeting with our experts today and benefit from a complimentary orthodontic assessment that will change your smile and your entire life forever.
Most Common Orthodontics Issues and Available Treatment Options
Crowding of Teeth
Crowding occurs when teeth do not have enough space to stay properly aligned within one’s jaws. This issue can lead to a poor oral hygiene routine, which in turn may cause dental decay and gum problems. Additional space can be created by expanding the upper jaw or via dental extractions. An orthodontist can then realign the teeth using braces or clear aligners. In only 26 months, we’ve managed to help an 11-year old overcome this problem and take pride in a flawless, healthy smile.
Open bites are a type of malocclusion and constitute an incorrect manner in which the patient’s opposing front teeth meet. If you see a gap between your upper and lower teeth when you bite, you could be dealing with this form of misalignment. This issue can be eliminated through corrective jaw surgery, TADs, and/or the use of headgears and braces. Though the use of braces and a crib, we’ve managed to correct an overbite caused by thumb sucking in a 13-year old patient.
An overbite is when the patient’s upper front teeth severely overlap the lower ones. This type of malocclusion can be corrected using elastic bands and braces. We take pride in the success story of an adult patient with a deep overbite, a problem that we’ve effectively corrected in two years via jaw surgery and braces.
Missing Lateral Incisors
Hypodontia, the dental condition in which a patient is missing anywhere from one to six teeth, is a common dental abnormality. In the past, we have helped a patient with congenitally missing lateral incisors by using braces to realign the teeth, and afterwards using dental implants as a substitute for the missing teeth.
Underbites, also known as Class III malocclusions, are a common irregularity in which the patient’s lower front teeth stick out in front of the upper teeth. Underbites can be addressed in several ways, including through the use of braces and other special appliances, or by performing jaw surgery. Many adult patients with underbites have found the shortest path to a radiant, harmonious smile in our office.
Spacing problems appear when patients display abnormal gaps between their teeth. This issue may decrease teeth protection, potentially generating gum problems and impacting the looks and functionality of the teeth. Such irregularities can be addressed by using braces meant to keep teeth together and achieve a perfect alignment. Using braces to realign teeth and finishing with glued-in retainers to keep spaces between teeth closed, we’ve enabled one of our adult patients to achieve a perfect alignment and smile.
We have also successfully corrected a patient’s large overjet with upper teeth that once protruded well beyond the bottom ones with a two-phase treatment plan meant to encourage the harmonious development of her jaw, and then alignment of her teeth to create a beautiful smile.
Non-Braces Treatment Options
Some orthodontic problems can be corrected in an effective manner via non-braces treatment options. To help one of our patients with crowding of teeth smile with confidence, we decreased the width of his baby teeth during a simple, painless procedure that allowed the permanent incisors to reach an ideal alignment on their own within a few months.
Phase-one treatment based on an expander and partial braces has helped us do wonders for multiple patients with misaligned upper front teeth and crowded lower front teeth that were touching the palate.