Common Orthodontic Issues

Crowding of the teeth

crowding of the teeth beforeBefore
crowding of the teeth afterAfter

Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 24 months. He loves his new smile.

Open bite - Front teeth don't touch

open bite beforeBefore
open bite afterAfter

Patient was told as a child that she required jaw surgery to correct her openbite. She had treatment with Dr. Mei as an adult and without surgery for 22 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

Deep overbite - Lower front teeth bite into palate

deep overbite beforeBefore

This patient, age 14, required braces to correct his deep overbite. After two years, he now has a pleasing and healthy smile.

Missing lateral incisors

missing lateral incisors beforeBefore
missing lateral incisors afterAfter

This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to close the spaces of the missing teeth and to align her teeth and bite. She did not require false teeth to replace the missing teeth and had a great result.

Underbite - Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth

underbite beforeBefore
underbite afterAfter

Patient's underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. Treatment required surgery to correct her lower jaw position. After about 21 months of treatment starting at age 20, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.

Spacing of teeth

spacing of teeth beforeBefore
spacing of teeth afterAfter

Patient was bothered by the excess spaces between her teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave her a nice smile in 20 months.

Overjet - Protruding front teeth

overjet beforeBefore
overjet afterAfter

At age 11, patient had excessive overjet with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. Her treatment helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and aligned her teeth and bite. With 18 months of treatment, at age 13, she was proudly and confidently displaying her new smile.

Non-braces treatment

non braces treatment beforeBefore
non braces treatment afterAfter

Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. At age 15, this patient requested Invisalign treatment. Within 16 months, she had a beautiful smile.

Phase-One/Early Interceptive treatment

phase 1 beforeBefore
phase 1 afterAfter

Patient's parents were concerned about both the aesthetics and health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him in at age eight. The front teeth were in crossbite and crooked. Also the lower gum tissue was receding due to the malalignment.  After 10 months of Phase-One treatment with partial braces, the patient's appearance and dental health were vastly improved.



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