Below are some pictures of common things that braces or orthodontics can correct.
This patient started orthodontics at 11 years old and had braces for just under 2 years. What a difference!
Open bite - Front teeth don't touch
Patient s's thumb sucking habit as a young child resulting in an open bite. She started orthodontic treatment at 13 years old because she couldn't bite into a sandwhich. Now she can!
Deep bite - Lower front teeth bite into the palate
Biting into the top of your mouth (your palatal) can be not only painful but dangerous for your gum health! Orthodontics can fix this deep bite for a healthier and 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 health of the teeth but also leads to a beautiful smile.
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 too can be fixed 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.