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Common Problems

Why would a person need orthodontic treatment?

There are a bunch of reasons why orthodontic treatment will be necessary for an individual. Any of these issues can result in a person’s teeth or jaw structure not fitting together properly. These problems can also cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints, if left untreated.

Here are some common issues that require orthodontic treatment:


When a person’s lower jaw extends out, causing their lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.


Just what it sounds like, this refers to spaces between teeth—it can be caused by missing teeth or may only be a cosmetic issue.

Upper front teeth protrusion

The appearance and function of teeth are impacted by the protrusion of upper front teeth. This problem is noticeable when upper teeth extend too far forward or lower teeth do not extend far enough forward.


Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. This can often be corrected by expansion, and in many cases, tooth removal can be avoided.


A crossbite refers to an instance in which the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. This may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.


An overbite means that the upper front teeth extend out over the lower teeth, sometime causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.


An openbite impacts proper chewing because the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. This may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Dental Midline not matching

Dental midlines that don’t match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match properly. This may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

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