Common Orthodontic Issues
Explained by Our Corpus Christi Orthodontist
For over 54 years, Vaughan & Vaughan has provided effective orthodontic services in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas. As a result, we are deeply familiar with all aspects of this specialty area of dentistry. Below, we have information regarding the most common orthodontic problems we encounter. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us today at (361) 210-3481.
This patient began treatment at 11 years old, and he wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.
As a young child, this patient sucked her thumb. She began treatment at 13 years old. Using braces and a special appliance called a crib, she was able to get the smile she had always wanted. The crib was used to retrain her tongue, and she was very happy with the results.
At 25 years old, the patient required jaw surgery and braces to fix his severe overbite. The treatment took approximately two years. Had he been treated when he was a teenager, he could have resolved the problem without surgery.
Lack of Lateral Incisors
This patient was missing her lateral incisors at birth. To move her teeth into their proper positions, she had braces for about 20 months. Her missing teeth were then replaced with bonded bridges.
This patient’s underbite was leaving her with excessive wear patterns on her teeth, as well as jaw joint discomfort. She started treatment at 32 years old, and it lasted about 30 months. She now finds chewing and smiling much easier.
Spacing of Teeth
This patient did not like the spaces between his teeth. He used braces for 24 months, and they effectively closed the existing spaces. By using special glued-in retainers, he was able to help keep the spaces closed.
At 10 years old, this patient had a significant overjet. This is when the top teeth protrude over the bottom teeth. She went through two phases of treatment. The first phase helped her teeth grow in a healthier manner, and the second phase aligned her bite and teeth. By the time she was 13 years old, she was proudly showing off her new smile.
Braces are not always required to achieve noticeable improvements regarding tooth alignment. At seven years old, this patient’s lower permanent teeth were suffering from crowding. In order to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth, a procedure was performed. In just nine months, this patient’s permanent incisors aligned on their own.
At around eight years old, this patient’s parents brought him to the orthodontist because they were concerned about both the health and aesthetics of his erupting permanent teeth. The upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions, and the lower front teeth were crowded and touching the palate. After one year of Phase-One treatment with partial braces and an expander, the patient’s dental function and appearance were significantly improved.
Contact our Corpus Christi orthodontist today at (361) 210-3481 to learn more or schedule an appointment.