DANIEL A. AVANT, D.D.S., M.S.D., P.C.

Colorado Springs and Alamosa Orthodontics for Adults & Children

685 Citadel Dr. East, Suite 312, Colorado Springs, CO 80909  (719) 596-1363
595 Chapel Hills Dr. Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (719) 596-1363
3211 Main St. Suite A, Alamosa, CO 81101  (719) 589-5804

Common Orthodontic Problems

Dr. Daniel Avant - Orthodontic offices in Colorado Springs and Alamosa

Common Orthodontic Problems

Introduction

When a person's teeth or jaw structure do not fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to straighten teeth and promote ideal function.

These problems, often referred to as malocclusions (bad bite), can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints, if left untreated.

Underbite

In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.


Spacing

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth or they may only be a cosmetic issue.


Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by upper front teeth protrusion. It is charactarized by the upper teeth extending too far forward, the lower teeth extending too far forward, or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.


Crowding

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.


Crossbite

In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.


Overbite

In an overbite, the upper teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.


Openbite

Proper chewing is impacted by an openbite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbites may be caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.


Midlines

Dental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.


  

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Avant Orthodontics, the first choice for braces and Orthodontic care in Colorado Springs and Alamosa
685 Citadel Dr. East, Suite 312, Colorado Springs, CO 80909  (719) 596-1363
595 Chapel Hills Dr. Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80920  (719) 596-1363
3211 Main St. Suite A, Alamosa, CO 81101  (719) 589-5804