What causes orthodontic problems?
Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits.
Most children lose all their baby teeth by age 13, and by the end of their teen years, the jaw bones will harden and stop growing. Orthodontic procedures for adults often take more time and can involve tooth extraction or oral surgery. Receiving orthodontic treatment as a child at the proper time can help prevent the need for orthodontics as an adult, leaving little to no chance of extraction or surgery in the future.
Below are some examples of common orthodontic problems and brief descriptions of how they were resolved.
How early should my child receive orthodontic treatment?
This is a question that has some controversy surrounding it. Our philosophy and practice is to always do what is best for the patient. Sometimes early treatment is unnecessary and can actually expose your child to additional risks and increased costs. Click the button below to get a better understanding how this philosophy makes us different than other practices.
If your child is between the ages of seven and eight and shows signs of needing orthodontic care, or if you have been directed by your family dentist to visit the orthodontist, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam, and discuss with you the best steps to take toward caring for your child’s smile.
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Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.
Deep overbite - Lower front teeth bite into palate
This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years.
Open bite - Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13.
She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue, for 28 months.
Missing lateral incisors - This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing.
20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions – missing teeth were replaced with bonded “Maryland” bridges.
Underbite - Patient's underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth.
After about 30 months of treatment starting at age 32, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.
Spacing of teeth - Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth.
Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.