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Common Orthodontic Issues

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.

Crowded Teeth

This patient began treatment at 11 years old, and he wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.

crowding teeth

Open Bite

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.

openbite

Deep Overbite

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.

deep overbite

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.

missing incisors

Underbite

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.

underbite

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.

Overjet

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.

overjet

Non-Braces Treatment

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.

Phase-One

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.

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