Common Orthodontic Problems

At Utah Orthodontic Care, our mission is to provide you with the best orthodontic care at affordable, reasonable prices. With multiple locations throughout the Salt Lake area, we make orthodontic care easy and convenient for our patients.

Why Do People Seek Orthodontic Treatment?

Ideally, teeth come together in a specific way that optimizes bite function, oral health, and aesthetic appearance. Unfortunately, however, teeth very rarely develop perfectly. There are a number of common problems that can occur in the development of a person’s bite, and thankfully, they’re all easily treatable.

While a bad bite (also called a malocclusion) is often genetic, alignment problems can also come from thumb or finger-sucking, dental disease or tooth decay, tongue thrusting, improper development of baby teeth, accidents or trauma, or even poor nutrition.

Here are some of the most common problems that we treat in patients:

  • Underbite:

    When the lower jaw extends out past the upper, causing the lower front teeth to extrude past the upper teeth

  • Overbite:

    The upper teeth extend too far over the lower teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

  • Crossbite:

    The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, causing tooth stratification and improper jaw development.

  • Openbite:

    This is characterized by the upper and lower front teeth not meeting, which can impact both speech and chewing habits

  • Crowding:

    This occurs when the teeth have insufficient space to erupt from the gums, which can impact their alignment. Expansion can usually be used to treat crowding issues and tooth removal is rarely necessary.

  • Misaligned Dental Midlines:

    Caused when the back bite does not sit correctly, which can impair jaw growth and dental function.

Contact Utah Orthodontic Care Today!

If you have any more questions about the problems we treat or your orthodontic health, feel free to call us at 1-801-999-4431, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our convenient online form to schedule a complimentary consultation. We can’t wait to hear from you!