Different Types Of Bites

Crowding

Crowding is a common special issue. It occurs when the teeth are too large for the available area or when there is an imbalance between the jaw and tooth size. Crowding is treated by expanding the jaw or recontouring teeth for a better fit.

Overjet

Also known as an overbite, an overjet occurs when the upper teeth are extended further than the lower teeth. It is critical to treat overjets when patients are younger to avoid surgery and more difficult treatments. Treatment options can include appliances to reposition the jaw, combined with different types of braces.

Crossbite

There are two types of crossbites: front and back crossbites. It is vital that crossbites are treated as soon as they are detected, to avoid permanent changes to one’s bone and face structure. Crossbites can be treated with one of several types of braces.

Spacing

Another common issue is spacing or gaps between teeth. This is less serious in most cases but can lead to an unwanted appearance and compromise the health of gums over time. It is caused by a wider jaw or smaller teeth and is treated with braces or in extreme cases, dental veneers by referral to a cosmetic dentist.

What the average braces procedure is like

1. Consultation

When you first decide to proceed with orthodontics treatment, you’ll receive dental x-rays and a mould will be made of your teeth to determine your needs.

2. Braces On

The initial set-up of your braces is a second appointment where brackets are attached to your teeth and the archwire (metal or clear braces) or plastic trays (Invisalign) are attached for the first time.

3. Adjustments

When you first decide to proceed with orthodontics treatment, you’ll receive dental x-rays and a mould will be made of your teeth to determine your needs.

4. Braces Off

After your treatment is complete, one last visit to the dentist will remove brackets and finally reveal your new smile. Our dental team will confirm your treatment was successful.

5. Your Retainer

Even after treatment, your teeth can ‘forget’ their position and begin to revert to their original placement. That is why wearing a retainer as directed by our dental team is important to making your treatment permanent.


Other Resources

  • Cost of Braces
  • Poking Wires
  • Broken Brackets
  • Brushing & Flossing
  • What to eat with braces