Orthodontic Treatments: Solutions for Dental Disorders
Orthodontic treatment can resolve a variety of oral problems in children and adults in a short amount of time. Some examples of oral problems include crowding of the teeth, overbite, and spacing of the teeth. Dr. Papandreas uses effective treatments to correct these problems. Learn more about these treatments to discover how quickly oral problems can be resolved.
Crowding of the Teeth
Crowding of the teeth occurs when teeth don’t fit normally within the jaw. Crowding can happen during the loss of primary teeth and is often caused by the eruption of the teeth. This problem can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and difficulty in cleaning the teeth. An orthodontist can treat crowding of the teeth by expanding the arches to create more space.
An open bite is a dental disorder that occurs when the upper and lower teeth are forced outward. This problem prevents the teeth of the upper and lower jaw from touching each other. People are more likely to develop an open bite when they suck their thumb or chew on objects such as pencils. This disorder can also be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder. Braces and headgears can be worn to correct open bite disorders. In extreme cases, jaw surgery can also correct this problem.
An overbite is a common dental problem that occurs when the front teeth overlap the bottom teeth. The roots in the size of jaws and poor dental hygiene can contribute to overbites. This disorder can damage the upper gums and palate. An overbite can be corrected with braces or Invisalign. An orthodontist might recommend overbite surgery for severe cases such as deep overbite.
Spacing of the Teeth
Diastema is a dental condition that causes gaps between the teeth. This disorder is often hereditary when the teeth are not big enough to fill the entire jaw line. Missing teeth, bone loss, and constantly pressing the tongue against the front teeth can also cause spacing of the teeth. Small gaps can be treated with caps, veneers, or tooth bonding. Patients might be required to wear braces and retainers to correct the problem.
An under bite is a condition that occurs when the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth. This hereditary condition affects a small percent of the population. Causes of this disorder include tongue thrusting, excessive mouth breathing, and poor eating habits. Some patients with an under bite find it difficult to chew, swallow, and speak. Other complications include face abnormality and tooth decay. Children can be treated for under bites with upper jaw expanders, reverse-pull face masks, and chin caps. It’s more difficult to treat an under bite in adults and surgery is usually required.
Orthodontic treatments correct many dental disorders, which can improve the lives of patients. Teeth crowding can easily be treated by expanding the arches in the mouth. Teeth spacing can be corrected with veneers or caps, but might require braces. Open bite and overbite problems can usually be resolved with braces. Although under bites can be easily treated in children, surgery is required for most adults. Contact Papandreas Orthodontics Brunswick office at: 330-558-9092 and North Royalton office at: 440-582-8585 today to learn more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment in Northeast Ohio.