Crowding of the teeth
This is one of the most common reasons for people chosing orthodontic treatment. Sometimes people think that having straight teeth are only for "Looking GOOOOD" but there are equally important oral health benefits. Proper alignment improves both function as well support of surrounding gum tissues. Ever floss and get bleeding from the gums.....not a good thing!!
Open bite - Front teeth don't touch
Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She complained about not being able to bite with her front teeth. She was also seeing a speech therapist due to continued lisp sounds. Her treatment required a special appliance to retrain the tongue to prevent it from continual pushing the front teeth outward .Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich !!! Look out Los Gatos Meats :)
Deep overbite - Lower front teeth bite into palate
The trouble with super deep bites is that the lower teeth will continue to grow upward and sometimes even cause cuts on the roof of the mouth.
Missing lateral incisors
This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.
Underbite - Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth
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.
Overjet - Protruding front teeth
At age ten, patient had a big overjet with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, she was proudly displaying her new smile.
Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.
Patient's parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and touching the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 12 months of Phase-One treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient's appearance and dental function were vastly improved.