Check out common treatments for orthodontic problems. See transformations of teeth before and after treatment!
The patient started treatment for the teeth crowding at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. His new smile has brought renewed confidence at a tough adolescent age.
This patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment for her openbite problem at age 13. She was treated with braces and a special appliance – called a crib – to retrain the tongue. The patient was wearing this for about 28 months. Thanks to this treatment she can easily bite the lettuce right out of a sandwich!
This was an adult patient (age 25) who required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite. The deep overbite correction for this patient took about 2 years total. The problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager and developed fully.
This patient’s lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their proper positions. After that the missing teeth were replaced with bonded “Maryland” bridges.
The patient’s underbite was causing her to have jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After 30 months of treatment starting at age 32 (and avoiding underbite surgery), she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.
The patient was bothered by the spaces and gaps between his teeth. Treatment using braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in only 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.
At age 10, this patient had a deep overbite with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had to undergo two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, after her deep overbite correction, she was proudly displaying her new smile.
Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age 7 for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in just 9 months.
This patient’s parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought their son to the orthodontist at age 8. His lower front teeth were crowded and they touched the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 20 months of Phase I treatment with an expander and partial braces, the patient’s appearance and dental function were vastly improved.