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Common Orthodontic Issues and Solution | Laski Ortho Smiles

COMMON ORTHODONTIC ISSUES

Crowding of the teeth

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Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile. 

Open bite - Front teeth don't touch

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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. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich. 

Deep overbite - Lower front teeth bite into palate

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This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager. 

Underbite - Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth

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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. 

Missing lateral incisors

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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. 

Spacing of teeth

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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

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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. 

Non-braces treatment

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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. 

Phase-One

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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. 

Common orthodontic issues and how we solved them for our patients

Orthodontic treatment can be a life-changing experience, helping patients achieve a healthier, more confident smile. Let’s delve into some real-life cases that showcase the transformative power of orthodontics.

  1. Crowding of the Teeth
  2. Open Bite – Front Teeth Don’t Touch
  3. Deep Overbite – Lower Front Teeth Bite into Palate
  4. Underbite – Lower Front Teeth in Front of Upper Teeth
  5. Missing Lateral Incisors
  6. Spacing of Teeth
  7. Overjet – Protruding Front Teeth
  8. Non-Braces Treatment
  9. Phase-One

1. Crowding of the Teeth

Our first patient embarked on their orthodontic journey at the tender age of 11. Over the course of 26 months, they diligently wore different types of braces, and the result was truly remarkable – a brand-new, radiant smile that they adore.

2. Open Bite – Front Teeth Don’t Touch

Patient number two faced the challenge of an open bite due to thumb-sucking during early childhood. Starting treatment at age 13, she underwent 28 months of orthodontic care, including the use of a special appliance known as a “crib.” Thanks to her determination and the expert care she received, she can now confidently sink her teeth into a crisp sandwich without any hindrance.

3. Deep Overbite – Lower Front Teeth Bite into Palate

In a case that required both clear aligners and jaw surgery, our adult patient at age 25 addressed a severe overbite. Two years of dedicated treatment, including surgery, restored not only their bite but also their self-confidence. It’s worth noting that early intervention in their teenage years could have prevented the need for surgery. 

4. Underbite – Lower Front Teeth in Front of Upper Teeth

Patient number four was experiencing discomfort in their jaw joint and excessive wear patterns on their teeth due to an underbite. Commencing treatment at the age of 32, they dedicated themselves to a 30-month journey that ultimately made smiling and chewing a breeze once again.

5. Missing Lateral Incisors 

For our fifth patient, congenitally missing lateral incisors were the challenge. After 20 months of wearing braces to adjust the surrounding teeth, bonded “Maryland” bridges replaced the missing teeth. The result? A complete, confident smile.

6. Spacing of Teeth

The sixth case featured a patient who was self-conscious about the gaps between their teeth. In just 24 months of orthodontic treatment, their spaces were closed, and a perfectly aligned bite was achieved, with the help of specialized glued-in retainers to maintain the results.

7. Overjet – Protruding Front Teeth 

At age ten, our seventh patient had a noticeable overjet, with upper teeth protruding beyond the lower ones. This journey required two phases of treatment, which harmonized jaw growth and perfected tooth alignment. By age 13, this patient was beaming with pride, flaunting their new, well-balanced smile.

8. Non-Braces Treatment

In some instances, remarkable improvements in tooth alignment can be achieved without traditional braces. Patient number eight was just seven years old when they sought orthodontic care for crowding in their lower permanent teeth. A simple procedure reduced the width of adjacent baby teeth, allowing the permanent incisors to align naturally in just nine months. 

9. Phase-One

Our final case centered on a young patient whose parents were concerned about aesthetics and the health of their erupting permanent teeth. Crowded lower front teeth touching the palate and severely displaced upper front teeth were the challenges. After a year of Phase-One treatment, which included an expander and partial braces, the young patient’s appearance and dental function saw a remarkable transformation. Learn more from Canada Dental Association.

These real-life stories demonstrate the incredible impact of orthodontic treatment, not only on smiles but also on self-esteem, comfort, and overall oral health. Whether you’re dealing with crowding, an open bite, deep overbite, or any other orthodontic issue, the journey towards a beautiful smile and improved dental well-being is within reach. Consult with our experienced orthodontic team to start your own transformative journey today.

Common orthodontic issues