Common Treatments

Crowding of the teeth

 Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile

Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile

Openbite

  Front teeth don’t touch   Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

Front teeth don’t touch

Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

Deep overbite

 Lower front teeth bite into palate  This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite. Treatment lasted two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenage.

Lower front teeth bite into palate

This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite. Treatment lasted two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenage.

Missing lateral incisors

 This patient’s lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into the correct position. The missing teeth were then replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.   

This patient’s lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into the correct position. The missing teeth were then replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.

 

Underbite

  Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth   Patient’s underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and permitting excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After 30 months of treatment, starting at age 32, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.

Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth

Patient’s underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and permitting excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After 30 months of treatment, starting at age 32, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.

Overbite

  Protruding front teeth   At age 10, patient had a large overbite 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.   

Protruding front teeth

At age 10, patient had a large overbite 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.

 

Phase-One

 Patient's parents were concerned both about aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and they touched the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 20 months of phase-one treatment with an expander and partial braces, the boy's appearance and dental function were vastly improved.

Patient's parents were concerned both about aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and they touched the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 20 months of phase-one treatment with an expander and partial braces, the boy's appearance and dental function were vastly improved.

Spacing of teeth

 Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.    

Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.


 

Non-braces treatment

 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.

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.