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Common Problems

Our orthodontist, Dr. Marc S. Wright, customizes orthodontic treatments to the unique needs of his patient in Atlanta, Marietta, and the nearby areas of Georgia. Understanding common problems that require orthodontics helps you feel confident about your decision to have treatment.

What Can Be Treated with Orthodontics?

Each patient has unique needs for their orthodontic care, and Dr. Wright customizes treatment plans accordingly. Some of the most common problems that we see are:

  • Protrusion of the upper front teeth
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Crowding
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Unmatched dental midlines

What is Protrusion of the Upper Front Teeth?

Protrusion of the upper front teeth means that the teeth extend too far forward. The condition may also be caused by lower front teeth that do not extend outward enough.

What is an Overbite?

An overbite is similar to protrusion of the upper front teeth. It indicates that the upper front teeth cover too much of the lower front teeth when the patient bites down. In severe cases, the lower front teeth come into contact with the roof of the mouth and may cause sores and irritation.

What is a Crossbite?

Having a crossbite means that one or more of the upper teeth are reversed in a way that causes it to sit in front of or behind the lower teeth. Patients with crossbites may develop problems with their jaws and teeth if the issue is not remedied with orthodontic treatment.

What is an Openbite?

When a person has an open bite, it means that the front teeth are forced forward to the point where the patient cannot close the bite completely. Openbites may lead to lisping, tongue thrashing, difficulty chewing, and other oral health complications.

What is Crowding?

Crowding may be caused when the teeth do not grow in straight or when someone has a small jaw that cannot accommodate the teeth. This may cause crooked or rotated teeth, as well as problems with the jaw.

What is Spacing?

Spacing and gaps between the teeth happen for many reasons. Your teeth are best protected from bacteria when they fit closely together. Some patients have teeth that are spread widely apart either due to missing teeth or the jaw is larger than necessary to accommodate the teeth.

What Are Unmatched Dental Midlines?

Ideally, the midlines of the upper and lower teeth should match closely. Unmatched dental midlines typically occur when the bite in the back of the mouth does not match as it should. This affects jaw and dental function.

How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment for Common Problems Cost?

The cost of orthodontic services for common problems is based upon an individualized treatment plan. You can learn about the cost of your services by scheduling a free initial consultation with Dr. Wright. Prior to the appointment, you may want to review the information about our financing options and CareCredit®.