Common Problems


Common Orthodontic Problems

As your local Erie, PA orthodontist, we are familiar with many common orthodontic issues that usually consist of person's teeth or jaws not fitting together properly. These issues can often be fixed with the types of braces and other treatments we offer.

However, if left untreated, these orthodontic problems, often referred to as malocclusions, can cause speech difficulty, premature wear of the teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to the teeth and jaw joints. 

Common Orthodontic Problems To Be Aware Of:


underbite.pngAn underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending too far out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth. 


crossbite.pngThis malocclusion occurs when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth. Because patients usually move their lower jaw forward or to the side when closing, this incorrect bite results in an improper use of the lower jaw and sometimes brings about facial asymmetry. 

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

protrusion.pngThis type of bite impacts the appearance and function of your teeth and is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward. 


overbite.pngIn an overbite, the upper front teeth extend too far out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth. Problems often associated with an overbite are a "gummy" smile, protruding lips, and excessive incisor wear. 


crowding.pngCrowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums and is the most common reason to invest in braces or Invisalign with your local orthodontist. Not only is crowding unattractive, but it has also been linked to periodontal problems and dental decay because it is harder to clean the surfaces of overlapping teeth. 


spacing.pngThe opposite of crowding, spacing is most commonly caused by excessive jaw room for the size of the erupting teeth. Spacing problems may also be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue. Spacing is another popular reason for getting braces at our Erie, PA office.


openbite.pngAn openbite impacts proper chewing with the upper and lower front teeth not overlapping. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting or thumb sucking. An early evaluation and intervention by an orthodontist is essential in correcting an openbite. 

Dental Midlines not Matched

midlines.pngDental midlines that do not match are evident when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately. This may negatively impact jaw function and proper dental function.

Visit Your Local Erie, PA Orthodontist


If you think you or your child may have one of these orthodontic problems, schedule an appointment at our Lawrence Park, Corry, or Erie, PA office today! Our team of orthodontic specialists will evaluate your condition and discuss the range of orthodontic treatment options available, from traditional metal braces to Invisalign. We look forward to hearing from you!