Types of Orthodontic Problems

There are many different reasons why a patient may require orthodontic care. Some of the most common orthodontic needs we see at Burlingame Smile Studio include:

Impacted Teeth

Impaction occurs when a tooth cannot erupt into the mouth, and instead becomes lodged below the gums. Impacted teeth can be caused by poor positioning of developing tooth buds, early loss of primary teeth, or overcrowding of the teeth.

Why should you correct impaction with orthodontics? Orthodontics will:

  • Protect the root structure of the surrounding teeth
  • Avoid the discomfort and pain that comes with impaction
  • Maintain proper spacing between the teeth
  • Promote proper function of the teeth and jaw
  • Avoid premature wear on the teeth
  • Prevent asymmetric alignment of the teeth

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth is a common problem that can cause improper function, uneven wear, and poor alignment. Of course, missing teeth also results in a less appealing smile and difficulties with chewing and speech.

Dr. Lee can close spaces between the teeth with braces or other orthodontic appliances. Another way to resolve missing spaces is by creating more space with orthodontics to prepare for tooth replacement.

Crowded Teeth

Crowding of the teeth can be caused by improper eruption of the teeth or untimely loss of the primary teeth, and it causes problems such as:

  • Twisted or displaced teeth
  • Disharmony between the jaw and teeth
  • Hard-to-clean teeth that are susceptible to decay and disease
  • Improper function of the teeth
  • A less confident smile

Widely Spaced Teeth

Spacing (the opposite of crowding), results when the teeth are too small to fill the available space. It can also be caused by abnormal tissue attachments or missing teeth. Dr. Lee can correct widely spaced teeth with orthodontics and help you avoid poor dental function and aesthetic.

Poor Bite

Crossbite: Crossbite is when one or more upper teeth bite inside of the lower teeth. Orthodontic correction of crossbite can help you avoid bone loss, tooth wear, and jawbone dysfunction.

Open Bite: Open bite occurs when there is an insufficient vertical overlap of the teeth. It can be caused by finger sucking or uneven jaw growth, and should be reversed before it affects your oral health.

Overbite: Overbite is when the upper front teeth protrude over the lower front teeth. This bite can result in jaw or joint problems and unusual wear on the teeth.

Underbite: Underbite occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. Early correction of underbite is recommended to prevent chewing or eating problems and dental discomfort.

Dr. April Lee can help you discover the most comfortable and effective way to treat any of these common orthodontic problems. All you have to do is come in for a brief consultation with our caring professionals! Contact us at Burlingame Smile Studio today.