Conditions We Treat:
Beautify your bite
Overjet is when your upper teeth are positioned significantly more forward than the lower teeth. This can be due to poor positioning of the teeth, an underlying skeletal imbalance, or a combination of the two. Excessive overjet can make it difficult chew or bite into certain foods.
Underbite is when the lower teeth are further forward than the upper teeth. This is usually due to a difference between and upper and lower jaw growth. Treatment depends on age, skeletal maturity and severity of the underbite.
Crossbite exists when there is a discrepancy between the widths of the upper and lower jaws. A crossbite can be due to tooth position or due to a difference in sizes of the upper and lower jaws. Correction of crossbite is more predictable and treatment is less invasive when treated during early elementary ages or adolescence before full skeletal maturity is reached.
Crowding is one the most common problems to be treated orthodontically. When there is not enough space in the arch, the teeth tend to become crooked or overlapping. Crowded teeth can make brushing and flossing more difficult and promote plaque accumulation and increase the likelihood of tooth decay.
Overbite is an excessive vertical overlap of the upper and lower front teeth. If you have an excessive overbite, you may see very little of your lower teeth when you are biting down. Large overlap of these teeth increases the amount that they rub against each other throughout the day and can lead to chipping and the wearing down of your teeth.
Spaces between teeth can be due to missing teeth, genetically small teeth, or large jaws. Spacing between teeth is often an esthetic concern for patients. Other times, large spaces between teeth can negatively impact chewing and dental function.
Other Common Conditions We Treat
An impacted tooth is a tooth that does not erupt into the mouth. Most of the time this is due to a lack of space. It is important to treat impacted teeth early in order to increase the likelihood of treatment success. Untreated impacted teeth have the potential to significantly damage the roots of adjacent healthy teeth and become more difficult to correct with age.
Excessive Tooth Wear
Excessive wear of the teeth results in shortening or chipping of the teeth. This destructive process can be unaesthetic and painful. Your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist to reposition the teeth in preparation for dental restorations to resize the teeth to the natural dimensions.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by pauses of breathing during sleep. The most common cause is obstruction of the airway. Custom appliances can be fabricated to posture the jaw during sleep to improve breathing and airflow. This can result in decreased snoring and improved quality of sleep.
Whether it is due to extraction of an unhealthy tooth or genetics, missing teeth leave large spaces in the dental arch which can make eating and chewing more difficult, decrease esthetics, and negatively impact the position of the other teeth in the mouth.
Buck teeth usually refers to teeth that are excessively proclined or protruded. In dental terms, this is referred to as overjet and can be due to tooth position or a jaw imbalance.
An important focus of orthodontic treatment is improvement of the bite. Our goal is to improve the way the upper and lower teeth fit together in order to decrease the likelihood of tooth wear, chipping, gum recession, or jaw pain that can result from a poor bite.