Orthodontic Treatment Warning Signs

Orthodontic Treatment TimingOrthodontic treatment…what is the timing and what are the warning signs? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that parents understand the early warning signs of an orthodontic problem and recommends kids be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 – 8. Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and a greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Well timed intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

There are many different types malocclusions or bite problems that require orthodontic treatment at the orthodontic office of Dr. Lisa P. Howard DDS MS. Below is a list of the most common orthodontic treatment problems seen today in children, teens and adults.

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Overbite: Upper teeth protrude over the lower teeth. Often called “Buck teeth” Protruding front teeth
Deepbite: The upper teeth cover the lower teeth wearing down the enamel of the lowers Deepbite
Underbite: The lower teeth cover the upper teeth. This may be the result of a jaw growth discrepancy and/or tooth problem. Underbite
Openbite: The upper and lower front teeth do not come together. Often the result of a finger habit, allergies, or enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Openbite
Crowding: Jaws are too narrow or teeth are too large causing crowded or misaligned teeth. Crowding
Spacing: Teeth are too small or jaws are too large causing space between teeth. Spacing
Crossbite: Upper teeth are inside the lower teeth. Crossbite