When you visit us at All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics, Dr. Johnson dentists will carefully examine your smile to determine what type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. Orthodontic problems can make it harder for you to keep your teeth clean and eat as normal, as well as making your smile less attractive. Dr. Johnson is pleased to provide high-quality orthodontics and improve the health, beauty, and function of your smile. You may need orthodontic treatment if your smile is affected by any of these orthodontic problems:
Spaced teeth occur when the spaces and gaps between the teeth are too large. This can be caused by too much room in the jaw for your teeth. Large gaps between your teeth can be unaesthetic, and food can become stuck between the teeth.
If there is not enough room in the jaw for all of the teeth, your teeth may become overcrowded. To make room for all of the teeth, some teeth will push either forward or back, which makes the teeth difficult to keep clean and may result in tooth decay. Overcrowding can also result in some teeth becoming more worn than others.
An open bite occurs when the jaws and teeth do not meet together. An open bite can make chewing and eating difficult, as well as causing excessive force, wear, and even damage to the teeth that do meet.
An overbite occurs when the upper jaw protrudes significantly over the lower jaw. Overbite may cause the lower teeth to strike the back of the upper teeth or the gums, which can cause damage to your teeth and gums. Overbite can also make chewing difficult.
An underbite occurs when the lower jaw protrudes past the upper jaw. Underbite can cause several of the same problems as overbite, including difficulty chewing and damage to your teeth and gums.
A crossbite occurs when some teeth fit inside the teeth of the other arch, while other teeth fit outside. Crossbite makes chewing difficult and can cause excessive wear or damage on the teeth where the crossover occurs.
Protruding teeth are teeth that point outward to a significant degree. This is more common in the upper jaw, and protruding teeth may be more likely to be damaged during sports, falls, and other accidents. In addition, protruding upper teeth do not properly restrict the growth of the lower teeth, resulting in lower teeth that grow larger than is normal. These lower teeth can then cause injury or irritation to the top of the mouth.
Mid-line mismatch occurs when the centerline of the upper and lower jaws do not match. Mid-line mismatch may be caused by jaw displacement (which may be part of significant jaw problems) or it may simply be a cosmetic problem.
We invite you to contact us today to learn more about orthodontics and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Johnson. We are eager to improve your smile!