Crowding of the teeth
This patient started treatment at age 11 for severe crowding and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.
Open bite - Front teeth don't touch
This patient had a history of thumb sucking as a young child. She started treatment with upper and lower braces at age 13. Her bite was fully closed and she can now bite into a sandwich with her front teeth.
Deep overbite - Lower front teeth bite into palate
This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite. His overbite may have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated at a younger age.
Missing lateral incisors
This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing (never developed). She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.
Underbite - Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth
This 32 year old patient's underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. Following orthodontic treatment she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.
Spacing of teeth
Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal smile and bite. Special bonded retainers help keep the spaces closed.
Overjet - Protruding front teeth
At age 10, this patient had a large overjet with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, she was proudly displaying her new smile.
Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months. She will be ready from braces when all of her permanent teeth have erupted.
Parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age 8. The lower front teeth were crowded and touching the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 12 months of 1st Phase treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient's appearance and dental function were vastly improved.