Common Treatments

Common Treatments for Overbites, Under bites, and Open bites, and more.

Crowding of the teeth

crowding of teeth (before) crowding of teeth (after)
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Patient started with severe crowding and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.

Openbite: Front teeth don’t touch

Open bite (before) open bite correction (after)
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Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue, for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

Deep overbite: Lower front teeth bite into palate

deep overbite protruding front teeth (before) deep overbite protruding front teeth (after)
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This patient had a deep impinging bite and was treated at age 10 in a 2 stage process. His problem may have required surgical correction if he had not been treated before he was a teenager.

Underbite: Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth.

underbite (before) underbite correction (after)
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Patient’s underbite was corrected without surgery at age 12. Now she can chew much easier.

Overbite: Protruding front teeth

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

Phase I

phase 1 (before) phase 1 (after)
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Patient’s parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth. Notice the bi-lateral cross-bite in the posterior.  After Phase I treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient’s appearance and dental function was vastly improved.



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