Wondering if it’s in your best interest to set up an appointment with an orthodontist? If you’re cavity-free and have generally acceptable teeth, you may be thinking that the field of orthodontics has nothing to offer someone that isn’t in their “brace face” teenage years. However, orthodontists deal with a slew of dental issues that many don’t recognize they could potentially have. Here are some of the most common orthodontic problems doctors come across that are worthy of a visit.

Spacing

Along with dental crowding, spacing is the most commonly known reason people would think to visit an orthodontist. This problem can be seen when one or more teeth fail to grow in, are lost to trauma or disease or discrepancy between tooth and jaw size. Apart from cosmetic reasons, it is important to have this issue fixed as not doing so could allow teeth to shift out of position and large gaps could welcome food to become lodged in between teeth leading to decay.

Crowding

The opposite of spacing, crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to grow within the jaws. This problem can be corrected through palatal expanders or surgical procedures such as tooth removal.

Overbite

This type of bite occurs when the upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth. In more severe cases, the lower front teeth can even bite into the roof of the mouth.

Underbite

The overbite’s opposite relative, underbites are the result of the lower jaw extending out, resulting in the appearance of lower front teeth sitting in front of upper front teeth. Depending on the severity of the case, treatment may involve conventional orthodontics or jaw surgery.

Crossbite

This malalignment of the teeth occurs when one or more upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth rather than on the outside. If not corrected, this can result in misaligned jaw growth and tooth stratification.

Abnormal Eruption

A tooth that emerges abnormally through the gum may block the tooth from growing in entirely (called impaction). If this is the case, minor oral surgery is usually performed to expose the tooth before orthodontic treatment can progress.

Protrusion

When the upper teeth extend too far forward, or the lower teeth don’t extend far enough forward, one can develop dental protrusion. This can occur through genetics, improper jaw development, or missing lower teeth and can be worsened by thumb sucking. Appearance and function of the teeth can be affected by this situation.

Elegant Orthodontics is proud to offer procedures and corrective treatment for a variety of orthodontic conditions to the areas of Boston, Norwood, and Framingham. If you are concerned that you may have one or more of these issues and are interested in learning more information, contact our offices today.