Crowding of the teeth
Patient presented with severe crowding in the upper and lower teeth. Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 18 months. He loves his new smile.
Open bite - Front teeth don't touch
Patient sucked her thumb as a young child, causing distortion of the upper teeth and jaw. She started treatment at age 13 and had braces on for 21 months. Now she she is so proud of her smile, has a new sense of self-confidence, and can bite the lettuce out of the middle of a sandwich
Deep overbite - Lower front teeth bite into palate
This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated when he was a teenager.
Missing lateral incisors
This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.
Underbite - Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth
This patient's underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After about 20 months of treatment starting at age 32, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.
Spacing of teeth
This patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 16 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.
Overjet - Protruding front teeth
At age nine, this patient had a big overjet with the top teeth protruding far beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, 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 seven 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 nine months.
This patient's parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and touching the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 12 months of Phase-One treatment with an expander and partial braces, the patient's appearance and dental function were vastly improved.