Common Problems

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At Stormberg Orthodontics, we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile they feel proud to call their own. Unfortunately, most people will face some form of orthodontic problem in their lifetime. As a leading orthodontist serving the La Mesa area, we offer a diverse range of treatment options that can correct virtually any orthodontic problem. 

Are Misaligned Teeth a Problem?

All too often, parents wait to take their child to the orthodontist because they think that a bad bite is purely a cosmetic issue or that their child will simply "grow out of it." Unfortunately, however, neither of these are true! Bad bites, or orthodontic malocclusions, can impair proper oral development. Left untreated, orthodontic problems can cause issues with speech, chewing, sleeping, and even breathing, and misaligned teeth can exacerbate cavity-causing dental decay. That's why orthodontic treatment is vital for most children. 

Common Orthodontic Problems

Each patient is different and requires a unique treatment to achieve a great smile, but malocclusions fall into a number of common categories. The most common orthodontic problems include:

  • Spacing – When teeth are too far apart, sometimes caused by a missing tooth
  • Overbite – When the upper front teeth extend over the lower teeth. This can cause the lower teeth to bite the roof of the mouth
  • Underbite – When the lower front teeth extend past the upper front teeth.
  • Crossbite – When the upper front teeth sit just inside the lower row of teeth. Crossbite malocclusions can lead to misaligned jaw growth and tooth stratification
  • Crowding – When teeth have insufficient room for eruption from the gum line. Orthodontic treatment can frequently correct this without the removal of any teeth.
  • Midlines – This occurs when the back bite does not align appropriately. Correcting this will help ensure healthy jaw development and dental function.
  • Overjet - When the upper teeth are angled or stick out too far forward from the lower teeth. A frequent dental injury can occur by breaking or chipping the front teeth with this type of malalignment.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Santee and El Cajon Orthodontist Today!

If left untreated, orthodontic problems often grow in severity and can threaten the integrity of your smile. If you think you may be suffering from a malocclusion or want to learn more about how orthodontic treatment can help you achieve a new smile, we would love to help. Request a consultation today to learn about what orthodontic treatment can do for you. We're looking forward to seeing you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more information on all things orthodontics!

Stormberg Orthodontics

  • Stormberg Orthodontics - 4333 Palm Ave., Suite C, La Mesa, CA 91941 Phone: 619-462-4462 Fax: 619-462-8267

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