What Type of Dental Problems Can Be Addressed with Orthodontic Treatment?

November 26, 2012

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry designed to correct various developmental abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. While your orthodontist can best determine if you are in need of orthodontic treatment, it is a good idea to educate yourself on which types of dental problems and malocclusions can be treated through braces, clear braces, or Invisalign:


Crowding often occurs due to insufficient space along the dental arch that interferes with the eruption of your teeth, causing them to become impacted or overlapped. Crowded teeth are not only an aesthetic issue, but are also much harder to keep clean. This means that crowded teeth can increase your risk of tooth decay. Orthodontic treatment can also help to correct spacing issues due to a dental arch that is too large.

An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth extend too far down over the lower front teeth. In some instances, individuals with severe overbite may actually bite into the roof of their mouths with their lower teeth.

An underbite occurs when the lower front teeth extend too far forward compared to the upper front teeth. Underbites often cause early wear and tear.

Crossbites occur when any of the teeth along the upper jaw fit into the wrong side of the lower teeth.

Open Bite
An open bite is characterized by upper and lower front teeth that do not overlap slightly when the teeth are closed.

Misplaced Midline
The midline of your teeth refers to the line between your two front teeth and two bottom teeth. A misplaced midline occurs when the line between the upper front teeth and bottom front teeth do not match up.

Get the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted by contacting Park Avenue orthodontist of Seligman Orthodontics. We offer clear braces and Invisalign and can be reached at (646) 681-8516.

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