Common Problems

Tips from your Orthodontist In Elko

Dr. Gardner and his team of friendly dental professionals are excited to start you on the journey to a beautiful, healthy smile. While the goal of getting a straighter smile is within reach, quite often we start our journey with bite problems that need fixing. Below you will find a list of very common orthodontic problems that can be fixed through the magic of orthodontics with Dr. Gardner!

Underbite

An underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends too far forward, causing the bottom teeth to sit in front of the top upper teeth.

Spacing

Once of the most common problems we see at our office are spacing issues between teeth. This is what the majority of orthodontic patients seek to resolve. Spacing can be caused by a number of factors including missing teeth, or they could simply be a cosmetic issue that occurred as your adult teeth grew in.

Protrusion

This problem occurs when the upper teeth extend too far forward, while the lower teeth are not extending far enough.

Crowding

Crowding is characterized by insufficient room for your teeth to come in. Oftentimes you’ll see teeth crossed or overlapping slightly. This can generally be fixed with expansion, and in many cases we can avoid removing any teeth.

Crossbite

Those who are experiencing a crossbite may also be suffering from misaligned jaw growth and tooth stratification. A crossbite is characterized by the upper teeth sitting inside the lower teeth.

Overbite

Similar to a protrusion, an overbite is characterized by the upper front teeth extending out and over the lower front teeth. This often causes the lower teeth to bite into the roof of your mouth, causing bleeding and pain.

Openbite

An openbite is caused by the upper and lower front teeth not overlapping. This impacts proper chewing and can often be caused early on by habits like thumb sucking in children.

Midlines

One characteristic Dr. Gardner will search for is proper back bite matching. When the dental midlines do not match, the back bite is not fitting properly. This can impact everything from jaw to dental function.

Experiencing An Orthodontic Problem? Call Today

If you are suffering from any of the common problems above, or just wish to improve the health of your smile, please call us at 775-753-6118 today. We hope to see you in our Elko orthodontics office soon!