We want your braces treatment to be as comfortable as possible, which is why Dr. James B. Macomson and our team help you prepare for some common orthodontic problems. When you understand the changes you may experience with braces, then you are able to more easily work with them. Please call our orthodontist in Gastonia, North Carolina, if you have questions about common orthodontic problems.

We are committed to treating all of your orthodontic problems so you can achieve a smile that is straighter, healthier, more functional, and more attractive. Some of the most common orthodontic problems we see at our office include the following:

Spacing
With proper alignment and functionality, no spaces should exist between normal teeth. However, due to several factors, spaced or “gapped” teeth are often present.

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Jaw Discrepancies
Some dental problems are not caused by the teeth, but by the jaws in which they occupy.

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Crowding
Simply not enough space to accommodate the teeth.

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Overbite
In an overbite, the upper front teeth extend down and over the lower front teeth. This sometimes causes the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

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Spacing
With proper alignment and functionality, no spaces should exist between normal teeth. However, due to several factors, spaced or “gapped” teeth are often present.

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Underbite
An underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends out, resulting in the lower front teeth sitting in front of the upper front teeth.

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Open Bite
An open bite is characterized by upper and lower front teeth that do not overlap. This often causes problems with proper chewing, and it may also contribute to other unwanted habits like tongue thrusting.

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Crossbite
In a crossbite, the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth or vise versa. This may result in tooth wear or TMJ problems and misaligned jaw growth.

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Upper Front Teeth Protrusion
In this type of bite, the upper teeth extend too far forward or the lower front teeth do not extend far enough forward. This can impact both the appearance and function of the teeth.

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Other Problems Requiring Orthodontics
Trauma, TMJ issues, missing teeth and genetic (inherited) defects (i.e. Cleft lip & palate) problems that require orthodontic treatment.