Common Orthodontic Issues – Allen, TX
When Should You Seek Professional Care?
Our practice’s doctors are experts at diagnosing common orthodontic issues in Allen. If you suspect that your dental alignment — or that of your child — is not quite right, visit us for a checkup. After we evaluate the positioning of your teeth, we will design a treatment plan to help you gain a healthier, more attractive smile. In the meantime, continue reading this page to learn the basics about orthodontic problems that we often treat.
When the teeth are positioned too close to each other, or even overlapping, this poses a significant problem. The teeth may trap food between them, and thorough brushing and flossing can be a challenge. You may therefore be at a heightened risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The good news is that braces in Allen — or another type of orthodontic treatment — can shift the teeth so they each have the space they need to function optimally.
During childhood, extra space between the teeth may seem cute and endearing, and it is true that not all cases of gapped teeth require treatment by an “orthodontist near me.” However, if you want to close gaps between your teeth for aesthetic reasons, we are ready to help. Eliminating extra space may also benefit your oral health by protecting your gums, preventing them from accumulating bacteria that can lead to infections and disease.
An overbite occurs when the top teeth rest farther forward than your bottom teeth while your mouth is closed. Everyone has a slight overbite, but when the space between the two rows of teeth is significant, problems can result. For example, your tooth enamel may be more prone to wear and tear. Your facial aesthetics may also be adversely affected. Your orthodontist can provide treatment that realigns your teeth and jaws to create a more harmonious bite.
An underbite is the opposite of an overbite. It occurs when the bottom teeth stick our farther than the top teeth. This issue, caused by a forward resting position of the lower jaw, can lead to problems with the TMJ (jaw joint). It can also affect facial aesthetics and cause premature wear and tear on your smile. Orthodontic treatment can realign the teeth and train the lower jaw to rest in its proper place, lowering your risk of oral health problems and providing you with a more beautiful smile.
A crossbite is an issue that happens when some of your upper teeth, but not all of them, rest behind your lower teeth. This problem should receive treatment sooner rather than later; a bite issue of this sort can place extra pressure on certain areas of the mouth, leading to facial asymmetry and a number of oral health problems. Orthodontia provided by Dr. Jones or Dr. Hanson can address a crossbite so you can enjoy an optimally functional smile.
An open bite happens when the back teeth contact one another, but the front teeth do not. It is often caused by excessive thumb-sucking during childhood or other myofunctional problems. If you notice that your child may be developing this issue, bring them in for an evaluation as soon as possible. Early intervention may help them to avoid complex and extensive orthodontic care down the road.