Common Orthodontic Problems


Most of the time, having crooked teeth or a malocclusion (bad bite) can be traced to genetics.  Other malocclusions stem from environmental factors. Below are examples of some common orthodontic problems in teens and adults.  If you think you have one of these orthodontic problems,  make an appointment today with the highly qualified Lakewood, CO orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics to find out how the problem can be corrected.

Common Problems

I can’t see my bottom teeth when I smile.

A deep bite (also often called an over bite) is defined by the amount of vertical overlap of the upper front teeth over the bottom front teeth where the upper front teeth cover too much of the lower front teeth. Excessive overbite requires correction by an orthodontist. A deep over bite is commonly confused with excessive overjet.

Deep bites can negatively impact jaw and teeth function and are often difficult to effectively clean. The lower front teeth may bite into the gum tissue on the roof of the mouth in a deep bite case.
Also, chewing and biting can be difficult because the jaw cannot function normally. Lastly, the lips do not fit properly and may appear misshapen causing an unbalanced profile. Deep bites can be effectively corrected with braces.

If you have a deep bite, make an appointment today with the highly qualified Lakewood, CO orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics.

Let us show you how braces can correct your deep bite.

I can’t bite into a sandwich with my front teeth.

Open bite occurs when the top and bottom front teeth do not touch as the back teeth are touching. This can result in difficulty biting, chewing, swallowing, and can lead to a speech impediment.
Even when fully biting, the lips can not completely close leaving an awkward appearance. Open bites can result from excessive thumb sucking, overuse of pacifiers, tongue thrusting, mouth breathing,
and genetics.

If not corrected, an open bite can lead to clicking or popping of the jaw and also may cause head,
neck, and jaw pain. Open bites can be effectively corrected with braces but in severe cases surgery
may be required.

See your local Lakewood orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte, for more information and details on what open bite treatment is best for your situation. Correct your open bite today by scheduling your free initial consultation with Belmar Orthodontics at the Belmar Plaza in Lakewood, CO.

My teeth are crowded or crooked.

Crowding occurs when there is too little space for the teeth, which results in rotated or overlapping teeth. Malocclusions can be complicated by, or even be the result of, crowded teeth and require additional attention by an orthodontist. Crowding is generally hereditary but can also be the result of poor oral habits such as clenching, grinding, nail biting, or thumb sucking. Crowded teeth can be very difficult to effectively clean leading to an increased risk of decay and gum disease.

Crowded teeth can be effectively corrected with braces. We offer many different options in braces such as In-Ovation, Damon Braces, Invisalign as well as traditional ceramic and metal braces.

If you have overcrowded front teeth, make an appointment today with the highly qualified Lakewood, Colorado orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics at the Belmar Plaza. We can accurately space, align, and straighten your teeth to give you a beautiful and healthy looking smile.

Let us correct your crowded teeth to improve your smile today!

I have spaces between my teeth.

Under normal conditions, there should be no space between teeth. Spacing, therefore, is when gaps occur between teeth. The opposite of spacing is crowding.

Spacing is often the result of a large tongue, excessive tongue pressure pushing the teeth forward, or when collective tooth size is smaller than jaw size.

An excessive space condition greatly increases the risk of the teeth shifting. It also often results in food getting stuck between teeth. Excessive spacing is easily corrected with braces. Dr. Amy Schulte can close spaces between teeth using self litigating braces, clear aligner braces, or lingual braces.

Correct excess spacing today, call (303) 233-2445 now or click here to make an appointment today with the highly qualified Lakewood orthodontist Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics in the Belmar plaza.

My upper teeth stick out over my bottom teeth.

Overjet is the extent of horizontal distance between the upper and lower front teeth. Excessive overjet occurs when the upper front teeth are significantly further forward than the lower front teeth. Overjet is commonly confused with deep bite. Excessive overjet requires correction by an orthodontist.

Excess overjet is often the result of thumb sucking or overuse of pacifiers at a young age. It can also be the result of overcrowded teeth forcing the upper front teeth to push outward. An excess overjet greatly increases the risk of injuring the protruded upper front teeth. The misaligned teeth can make biting into food difficult or impossible. If the excess overjet is severe enough it may result in speech impediments. The lips may not fully close leaving an awkward appearance that may result in poor psychosocial health of the individual due to teasing. Excess overjet can usually be corrected with braces but surgery may be required in severe cases.

Correct an excess overjet today by making an appointment today with your local Lakewood, Colorado orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics in the Belmar Plaza.

My upper teeth close inside my bottom teeth

An negative overjet (often referred to as an underbite) occurs when the lower front teeth extend beyond the upper front teeth. The lower jaw and chin usually protrude outward as well causing an unbalanced profile. This results in a misalignment between the upper and lower front teeth and jaws and causes biting or food chewing to be difficult. If severe enough, speech impediments can also result.

Negative overjets are primarily hereditary but improper alignment of baby teeth can cause a negative underjet to develop. A negative overjet can be corrected with braces but in severe cases surgery may be necessary.

If you have a negative overjet or wonder how braces can help correct it, schedule your free initial consultation with your local Lakewood, CO orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics. Belmar Orthodontics can provide both adult and youth treatment.

Correct your negative overjet and improve your smile today!

I show too much of my gums when I smile

A gummy smile is one in which too much gum tissue is visible when a person smiles. While this is highly subjective, the most appropriate amount of gum tissue to show in a full smile is about 1-2 mm. In other words, your teeth should occupy about 90% of your smile and gum tissue should only occupy about about 10% of your smile.

Gummy smiles can be caused by several different things. The most common cause is simply excess gum tissue around the necks of the teeth in either children or adults. This is easy to resolve by removing the excess tissue with a soft tissue laser. Another cause is vertical overgrowth of the upper jaw. This can either be treated by intruding the entire upper arch with TADs, or by moving the upper jaw surgically. Finally, a gummy smile can be the result of long-term wear of the upper teeth, such that the teeth supererupt bringing the gum tissue with them. This can be effectively corrected with braces and TADs.

If you have a gummy smile make an appointment today with the highly qualified Lakewood, CO orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics in the Belmar Plaza.

Let us show you how braces can eliminate your gummy smile.

One of my back teeth grew in too far

Supererupted teeth are the result of premature loss of opposing teeth. This most frequently occurs when a lower back tooth is lost, either by trauma or extraction of a decayed tooth. Without an opposing tooth, the upper tooth supererupts or “grows” into the space of the missing tooth. This can make it difficult to bite or chew because of the interference of the supererupted tooth.

Correcting this type of problem is difficult with traditional braces. By using a TAD in conjunction with braces, the supererupted tooth can be repositioned into its ideal location. Afterwards, your dentist can replace the missing lower tooth leaving you with and ideal bite and smile.

If you have supererupted teeth make an appointment today with the highly qualified Lakewood, CO orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics in the Belmar Plaza.

Let us show you how braces can treat your supererupted tooth.

I have missing permanent teeth

The most frequent cause of missing teeth is heredity. Other causes include traumatic injury or extraction of decayed teeth. If left untreated, adjacent teeth may shift into the spaces left by the missing teeth causing difficulty in chewing food. The spacing left by missing teeth usually results in a less than ideal smile.

Missing teeth may be treated several different ways depending on your goals and objectives. One options is to orthodontically consolidate the teeth and spaces, making room for either implants and crowns or bridges. Another option is to orthodontically close all spaces and eliminate the need for implants and crowns or bridges altogether.

If you are missing adult teeth, make an appointment today with the highly qualified Lakewood, CO orthodontist, Dr. Amy Schulte at Belmar Orthodontics in the Belmar Plaza to discuss your orthodontic options.