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Common Orthodontic Problems

Here at Mellion Orthodontics, we are proud to provide treatment for a wide range of common orthodontic problems. Our skilled and experienced orthodontists will evaluate your teeth and mouth and discuss your options with you to find the type of care that is right for your needs.

Malocclusions or “Bad Bites”

Orthodontic treatment goes beyond enhancing the appearance of your smile; it tackles malocclusions, commonly known as “bad bites.” A malocclusion arises from misalignments in the teeth or jaws, impacting not just your smile’s aesthetics but also how you chew, clean your teeth and perceive your smile.

Untreated malocclusions, as highlighted by research from the American Association of Orthodontists®, can lead to various issues:

  • Crowded teeth pose challenges for proper brushing and flossing, potentially fostering tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Protruding teeth are more prone to accidental chipping.
  • Crossbites can lead to uneven tooth wear and unfavorable growth patterns.
  • Open bites may contribute to tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.

The Importance of Treating Malocclusions
Orthodontic intervention is crucial for a number of reasons:

  • Crowded teeth can complicate oral hygiene, potentially leading to decay and gum issues.
  • Protruding teeth are susceptible to damage.
  • Crossbites and open bites can affect oral function and speech.
  • Ultimately, orthodontics not only enhances your smile but also promotes overall oral health.

Common Orthodontic Problems Explained

  • Underbite: The lower jaw protrudes, causing the lower front teeth to extend beyond the upper front teeth.
  • Spacing: Gaps between teeth may result from missing teeth or be purely cosmetic.
  • Upper Front Teeth Protrusion: Upper front teeth extending too far forward or lower teeth not protruding enough can affect both appearance and function.
  • Crowding: Insufficient space for teeth to erupt may necessitate expansion or tooth removal to correct.
  • Crossbite: Upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, impacting tooth alignment and jaw growth.
  • Overbite: Upper front teeth extend over the lower ones, potentially leading to discomfort and improper alignment.
  • Open bite: Upper and lower front teeth fail to overlap, impacting chewing and caused by habits like thumb sucking.
  • Mismatched Dental Midlines: Misalignment between upper and lower bite can affect jaw function and alignment.
  • TMJ Concerns (TMD): Symptoms like jaw clicking, headaches or pain may indicate temporomandibular joint issues, which orthodontic treatment can alleviate.

Schedule An Appointment

Call us today to make an appointment with Dr. Zachary Mellion, Dr. Alex Mellion or Dr. Joseph Mellion and learn more about treating common orthodontic problems in Fairlawn and Medina, Ohio.

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