Below are some pictures of common things that orthodontics can correct.
Patient started treatment at 11 years old and wore braces for just under 2 years. He loves his new smile.
Open bite - Front teeth don't touch
Patient sucked her thumb as a young child resulting in an open bite. She started treatment at 13 years old with braces and an appliance called a crib. Now she can bite through lettuce in a sandwich.
Deep bite - Lower front teeth bite into the palate
Biting into your palatal tissue (the gums behind your front teeth) can be not only painful but dangerous for your gum health! Orthodontics can correct this deep bite for not only a healthier but also a more attractive smile.
Missing lateral incisors
This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing, meaning she was born without them. Dr. Olsen's Master's Thesis dealt with how to orthodontically treat people missing teeth, so he's an expert! Check out the nice result!
Underbite - Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth
Some people have an underbite, or where the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth. This can lead to jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear on the teeth. Correcting it not only improves the smile but also leads to healthier teeth that will last longer.
Spacing of teeth
This patient was bothered by the gaps between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite. Then, as with all orthodontic treatment, retainers help to maintain the result.
Overjet - Protruding front teeth
Commonly called an 'Overbite,' many patients have upper front teeth that protrude too much. This can be rectified with orthodontics to produce an amazing smile!
This patient's parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth at a young age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child at age 7 should be seen by an orthodontist. Sometimes ideal treatment requires 2 rounds (or Phases) of treatment, and can help to avoid jaw surgery, extraction of permanent teeth, or jaw joint issues.