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Top 3 Common Orthodontic Problems

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Image of a teenage girl smiling, at Greeley Orthodontics. An orthodontic problem is when you have any issues in the positioning and alignment of your jaws and teeth. This causes you to have an awkward alignment of your teeth and even the jaw. Such problems can affect your self-confidence and the functioning of your teeth. The good news is that there are orthodontic remedies to these issues. Here is an overview of the top 3 common orthodontic problems:


Malocclusion occurs when there is a misalignment of your teeth when your jaws are closed. This condition can be classified into various types, such as open bites, crossbites, overbites, and underbites. It can cause difficulty in speaking, chewing, and biting and also affect the appearance of your smile. Braces such as traditional metal braces and clear aligners are used to rectify malocclusions. The braces help to move your teeth into the correct position by applying pressure.


Crowding occurs when there is insufficient space in your jaw for all your teeth to align correctly. This leads to teeth overlapping and being in an awkward position. It can also make oral hygiene practices quite challenging to implement and increase the risk of dental issues such as gum disease and cavities. Tooth extraction can be used, especially in severe crowding, to make room for the rest of your teeth to align correctly.

Spacing Issues

Spacing issues are when you have spaces or gaps in between your teeth. This occurs when you have teeth that are smaller than usual or some of your teeth are missing. Gaps are a primary cosmetic concern for most people and can also cause issues in bite alignment. For minor spacing issues, dental bonding is when a tooth-colored material is added to your teeth to close such gaps. Braces can also close the gaps by moving your teeth closer. An orthodontist can also use retainers to maintain the corrected tooth alignment and ensure spacing issues do not reoccur.

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