When a person’s teeth or jaw structure does not fit together properly, you’ll need to visit Graziano Orthodontics in Staten Island. Orthodontic treatment with our pediatric and Todt Hill adult orthodontists is necessary to straight teeth and realign the upper and lower jaws to promote ideal functioning for chewing and speaking. Common orthodontic problems, such as malocclusions or bad bites, can cause speech difficulty, premature wear or teeth and protective enamel.
Crowding is the most common orthodontic problem that is fixed at Graziano Orthodontics. This occurs when teeth have insufficient room to fully erupt from the gum. Lack of space can be the result of a jaw that is too small to fit all the teeth. Though crowding is sometimes resolved by removing adult teeth, with early intervention, tooth removal can be avoided by utilizing expansion and filing between teeth. Another common Todt Hill orthodontic problem are spacing issues. Irregular spacing can be caused by small or missing teeth, and though spacing may appear as an aesthetic issue, it can also create speaking and chewing problems.
If your primary dentist finds a problem with your bite, they’ll refer you to Graziano orthodontics to correct a crossbite, overbite, underbite or openbite. A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth, which may caused misaligned jaw growth. Overbite is when the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth when biting. This overclosure of the bite can cause damage to the gum tissue around the front teeth and the roof of the mouth. An openbite is when the upper and lower front teeth do not meet when biting down. Openbites are most commonly caused by consistent thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. Lastly, an underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to lay in front of the upper front teeth. Usually caused by excessive lower jaw growth, this can cause damage to the teeth and gums.
The orthodontic experts at Graziano Orthodontics are highly skilled in treating all of the above orthodontic problems and more! To learn about the various braces we offer for our children and adult patients, please visit our practice in Staten Island!