Common Treatments

Sometimes it’s difficult to visualize a journey through orthodontic care. Below are examples of common treatment options we use to show the progress made in solving our patient’s orthodontic challenges.

Crowding of the Teethcrowding of the teeth - after treatment

Crowding of the Teeth

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

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Open Bite: Front teeth don't touch

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

deep overbitedeep overbite - after treatment

Deep Overbite: Lower front teeth bite into palate

This 25-year-old patient required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite. His treatment lasted two years, but the problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.

missing lateral incisorsmissing lateral incisors - after treatment

Missing Lateral Incisors

This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing, meaning she never developed them. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.

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Underbite: Lower front teeth extend beyond upper teeth

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

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Spacing of Teeth

Patient disliked 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.

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Overjet: Protruding front teeth

At age ten, patient had a big overjet with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow together more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, she was proudly displaying her new smile.

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Non-Braces Treatment

Sometimes braces are not needed to achieve noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure reduced the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.

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Phase-One Treatment

This patient's parents were concerned about the aesthetics and the health of their child’s erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. 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 Phase-One treatment with an expander and partial braces, the patient's appearance and dental function were vastly improved.