Common Orthodontic Problems

There are a handful of orthodontic problems that our orthodontist serving Pilsen sees and corrects on a daily basis. If you think your child has a problem that can be solved with one of our treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Continue reading to see the list of common orthodontic problems.



Crossbite can happen when one or more teeth have a buccal or lingual position than the corresponding tooth in the upper or lower arch. This means that the tooth is too close to the cheek or tongue. In short, a crossbite is a lateral misalignment of your dental arches that can be treated with braces or clear aligners.



This happens when there isn’t enough space in your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. Teeth can come in larger than the amount of space available, caused by early or late loss of your primary teeth. We can help correct this by expanding the arches or extracting necessary teeth. After space is created, we recommend braces to align the teeth.

Open bite.

Open bite

This is a type of malocclusion in which your teeth aren’t aligned properly when you close your jaw. While this orthodontic problem isn’t as common as others, it’s still important to be aware of and treated if necessary.



An overbite occurs when your upper front teeth overlap with the lower front teeth instead of aligning properly. Overbites are actually common in many people, whether it’s noticeable or not. The most common treatment for an overbite is braces, which will help straighten and align your teeth, diminishing the problem.



An overjet is another term for a protrusion and it happens when the upper front teeth extend too far forward. Sometimes this can be a result of genetics and other times it’s improper jaw development. A child consistently sucking his or her thumb can exacerbate an overjet problem.

Excessive spacing.


Spacing is the opposite problem of crowding, in which there is excess space in your mouth. This can cause gaps in between your adult teeth because your teeth may be smaller than the available space. Aligning the spaces with braces will help prevent gum problems and keep your teeth functioning properly.



An underbite is a malocclusion in which the lower teeth extend farther out than the upper front teeth. This can happen from thumb-sucking, pushing on the teeth with your tongue, or even long-term feeding from a bottle past the child’s infant years.

Contact Us

If you are noticing a strange alignment in your child’s teeth, make sure you contact your orthodontist serving Pilsen. We will schedule a consultation and walk through different treatment plans that can benefit your child and his or her smile.

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