Common Orthodontic Problems
Orthodontics is not restricted to simply straightening crooked teeth. In fact, there are a wide range of orthodontic problems that patients can encounter. Certain misalignments between the top and bottom jaw can cause a poor bite, which can lead to speech problems, jaw pain and other disruptions if they are not treated in a timely manner. In short, orthodontic issues can affect your health and quality of life just as much as the aesthetics of your smile.
At the office of Dr. William R. Kincer, we are equipped to treat all types of orthodontic problems in children, teens and adults. We adhere to a personalized approach using the most proven orthodontic treatment methods available. Whether it is a severe overbite in a child or a minor tooth gap in an adult, Dr. Kincer takes the time to develop a strategic treatment plan to help you meet your orthodontic goals in the most comfortable and efficient way.
Our Marietta office proudly treats patients who have the following common orthodontic problems:
- This occurs when the upper front teeth extend or protrude over the lower front teeth. This can be severe enough to cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. Discomfort, bone damage and abnormal tooth wear can develop if not corrected by an orthodontist.
- Underbite (or Lower Jaw Protrusion)
- If a patient has a longer lower jaw, the lower front teeth may rest in front of the upper front teeth. Unfortunately, the patient becomes at high risk for decay, increased wear, gum disease, jaw pain and speech disturbances.
- Protruding Upper Teeth (or Overjet)
- An “overjet” occurs when the upper teeth extend too far forward or lower teeth don’t protrude far enough. This results in a poor molar bite and early wear and tear on the teeth. This type of orthodontic problem often develops from habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.
- Open Bite
- If the upper and lower incisor teeth do not touch when you bite down, you may face the consequences of an open bite. This can include excessive wear on the back teeth as well as decreased chewing efficiency.
- In most cases, the upper teeth bite toward the tongue inside the lower teeth. Patients often experience chewing difficulties and even misaligned jaw growth and tooth stratification.
- Just like its name, this type of orthodontic problem involves teeth that are misaligned or crooked due to lack of space. While crowding can certainly be a threat to your appearance, it also results in a higher risk of decay since the teeth are more difficult to clean. In severe cases, bone loss and gum recession may be apparent.
- Spacing concerns develop when there is too much space between the teeth and sometimes from teeth that are missing. While the frequency of food getting lodged in the tooth gaps is a common complaint, most patients seek orthodontic correction for cosmetic improvement.
No two smiles are alike. Each patient we treat has a unique set of orthodontic concerns. You can trust that we will carefully explain your misalignment or malocclusion and help you make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment plan. It is important to us that patients take an active role in their orthodontic journey, as this can greatly contribute to more rewarding results.
To learn more about how Dr. Kincer can address your specific orthodontic issues, please contact our office to schedule your complimentary consultation with us today. We look forward to meeting you!