Common Treatments

Openbite: Front teeth don't touch

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Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

Crowding of the teeth

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Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.

Deep overbite:Lower front teeth bite into palate

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This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.