Common Treatment

Most orthodontic problems stem from something called malocclusion which translated means “bad bite”. This is the number one reason that most people come into an orthodontist for treatment. Malocclusion can come in a variety of different formats and these different formats can have their own individual complications in extreme cases. These conditions can come about by genetics but also due to environmental factors such as thumb sucking. Regardless, identifying these issues and treating them is what orthodontists do best.

Here are some of the most common orthodontic problems:


An underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.


An underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.


Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.


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.


The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.


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.


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.

Dental midlines not matched

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

Deep overbite

Lower front teeth bite into palate

Missing Teeth

Missing upper lateral incisor(s) occur in approximately 5% of the general population. Given that only 25-35% of the population seek orthodontic treatment, missing lateral incisor cases occupy a surprisingly large amount of the orthodontist's time.

Impacted Teeth

Most permanent teeth erupt into occlusion. In some individuals, however, the permanent teeth may fail to erupt and become impacted within the alveolus. The timing of orthodontic treatment, type of surgical procedure to uncover the impacted tooth, orthodontic mechanics necessary, and potential problems with treatment vary, depending on which tooth has become impacted.

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