These common orthodontic problems can become big problems if not addressed. Whatever your orthodontic issues, we can customize a treatment plan to fit your unique needs.
One of the most prevalent orthodontic problems is teeth that are too crowded. Dr. Antosz and Dr. Vincelli, your NW Calgary orthodontists, can recognize and provide braces to treat this crowding.
These teeth are extremely difficult to clean, making them more prone to decay, even if good oral hygiene is practised.
Spaces in teeth can also be a problem, especially if the early loss or extraction of teeth causes healthy teeth to tip into open spaces. Deterioration of the supporting bone may occur, causing teeth to become loose.
This can cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, as well as excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue.
The stress on supporting tissues might contribute to gum disease and possibly lead to the loss of teeth.
An underbite is a term for a dental condition characterized by lower teeth that extend outward farther than the upper front teeth.
Severe cases of underbite may cause difficulty biting and chewing food, challenges with speaking and mouth and face pain due to the misalignment of the jaw.
A crossbite is a misalignment of teeth, usually where the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth. This misalignment can affect a single tooth or groups of teeth.
If not corrected, a crossbite can wear down the enamel of the tooth as the jaw shifts to the side.
Sleep apnea may cause long-term high levels of cortisol which may have negative effects, especially in children.
Making the jaw the proper size, width and alignment with orthodontic treatment can help alleviate airway issues.
Many adults & teens experience pain because of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), and "bad bites" are often a contributing factor to TMD. Closing the teeth with the jaw joint seated properly in its socket would cause trauma to the teeth, making them hurt.
There is neural feedback from those teeth, which sets up a subconscious reflex that triggers the muscles that move the jaw to AVOID hurting the teeth; the jaw position adjusts to more evenly distribute the forces amongst many teeth, not just a few.
This act of dislocation is what causes all of the symptoms that the patient experiences.
TMD includes a variety of possible symptoms that may or may not be present in an individual:
Watch a quick video on our >> TMD Page
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