Crowding of the Teeth
This patient had severe crowding. Braces combined with premolar extraction corrected the crowding.
Open Bite: Front Teeth Don’t Touch
This patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at the age of 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a Tongue Crib — to retrain the tongue. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.
Deep Overbite: Lower Front Teeth Bite Into the Palate
This adult patient (age 25) required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.
Missing Lateral Incisors
This patient’s lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 25 months to move the teeth into the correct position, then the missing teeth were replaced with maryland bridge restorations.
Underbite: Lower Front Teeth in Front of the Upper Teeth
This patient’s underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After 24 months of treatment she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.
Spacing of Teeth
This patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months.
Overbite: Protruding Front Teeth
At the age of 10, this patient had a large overbite with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first phase helped to grow the jaws and create space; the second phase aligned her teeth and bite. At the age of 13, she is proudly displaying her new smile.
Phase I Treatment
This patient’s parents were concerned about both esthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at the age of 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 I treatment with an expander and partial braces, the patient’s appearance and dental function was vastly improved.