Common Dental Problems

common-dental-problemsCommon dental problems can be corrected with orthodontics to improve your smile. Malocclusions (improperly aligned teeth, bite, and/or jaw) should be treated as they affect the way you chew, your appearance, possibly your speech, and the way you feel about your smile.

Generally, the causes of malocclusions and orthodontic problems fit into three categories:

  • hereditary,
  • tooth loss,
  • and oral habits.

Common Dental Problems Cause Bigger Health Problems

Untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems including underbites, crowding, teeth protrusion, overbite and open bites. Many of these conditions, if left untreated as an older child or teen, may later require surgery or very extensive treatment to correct. Working with an orthodontist before becoming an adult to correct these conditions is often less costly than the treating more serious dental and health problems that can develop in later years.

There are certain abnormalities of the facial bones that could require orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) to correct the problem. Used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, orthognathic surgery corrects difficulties associated with chewing, talking, breathing, and sleeping. If orthodontic treatment can correct the problem, orthognathic surgery may not be necessary. Using the latest advances in orthodontics, we will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.

Our office provides the best orthodontic care possible. We are committed to be on the cutting edge of all orthodontic technology, including digital imaging and 3-D dental imaging.