Common Ortho Problems


Smile Problems Explained

If you have an orthodontic issue, you have many treatment options. During your first visit, Dr. Demas will evaluate your all-around oral health.

Based on your diagnosis, you’ll get an individualized treatment plan to correct your issues. Read about many common issues below.

Teeth Crowding

Crowding of the teeth happens when there’s no enough space for all the teeth to grow properly. In this case, a palatal expander might be recommended in order to expand and provide more space for the teeth to grow in some cases. In other cases, some teeth are extracted so the remaining teeth can have enough space.

Open Bite

In open bite, the front teeth don’t touch each other. This case is common for those children who suck their thumbs when they are still young. Braces and special appliances called a crib can be used to correct this problem.

Deep Overbite

Deep overbites are easier to treat if the patient is still growing. Braces can be required in order to correct this and sometimes, jaw surgery is need especially for adult patients with severe cases.

Missing Lateral Incisors

In order to correct this one, braces and other appliances must be worn for a few months up to several years depending on the individual case. Bonded Maryland bridges can be used in order to replace the missing teeth.


Underbites can cause jaw discomfort, pain, and excessive wear patterns on the teeth. This should be treated as soon as possible in order to prevent the teeth from degrading faster than expected. Treatments can last from few months up to several years using the appropriate appliances.

Spacing of Teeth

Teeth spacing can be easily corrected using braces and other appliances.


This is the case where the front teeth protrude. This can be corrected by undergoing Phase I and Phase II treatments.

Non-Braces Treatment

There are other problems which can be resolved without the use of braces. Treatments may include adjusting the width of the teeth to allow crowded teeth to have enough space.

Phase I

During Phase I treatment, Dr. Demas creates a desirable environment for the permanent teeth to grow which include using an expander. Phase II which aligns the teeth with the use of braces and other appliances follows after Phase I.