Common Concerns

A disharmony between tooth-size and jaw-size can result in crowded, irregular teeth.
Crowded teeth can look unattractive and can ... Read more

Spaces can result from a disharmony between tooth-size and jaw-size or by abnormal tongue thrusting activity. Spaces between the teeth ... Read more

Protruded teeth result when the position of the upper jaw is forward of the lower jaw.
In severe cases, the lower lip may sit ... Read more

Missing teeth can be unattractive.
Opposing and adjacent teeth can drift into the space to create further problems.
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Impacted teeth don't have sufficient space to erupt.
Orthodontic treatment involves creating space to allow the impacted tooth to ... Read more

Ectopic teeth are teeth which develop in the wrong position.
In most cases, ectopic tooth can be repositioned with braces.
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When the lower jaw is forward in relation to the upper jaw, the lower front teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth and an "under-bite" ... Read more

The upper and/or lower front teeth can overupt to produce a deep bite.
In severe cases, the upper teeth can cover the lower teeth ... Read more

The upper teeth should fit outside the lower teeth like a lid on a box. If the upper jaw is too narrow, the lower jaw usually swings to ... Read more

An open-bite exists when opposing teeth don't meet.
An open-bite can cause eating problems and excessive wear of those teeth which ... Read more

Sucking the thumb (or fingers) can produce a localised deformation of the teeth and supporting bone.
Once the sucking habit has ... Read more

An orthodontic opinion might also be sought when there is:

  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Speech difficulty
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds