Under Tooth Alignment
At Toowong Orthodontics, the main reason people enquire about treatment is because they want to improve their smile. We treat all kind of cases including:
Overly Crowded teeth
Overcrowding occurs when there is not enough room in the jaw for all the teeth to fit normally. We see many teenagers for overcrowding or rotated teeth. It’s not unusual for adult patients who had braces when they were younger but haven’t worn their retainer to come for treatment to fix minor crowding and rotations that have been caused by aging changes. Dr Goodyear is very mindful to take into account the whole face and profile of the patient when treating overcrowding.
Gaps between teeth can be the result of missing teeth, unerupted adult teeth, genetically smaller sized teeth than average, or simply a larger than average size jaw. Treatment may aim at closing all spacing or ensuring an optimal set-up for a crown or build-up. We work closely with General Dentists, and other Dental Specialists when a patient is planning veneers, crowns and implants, or bridges to replace missing or extracted teeth.
When the top teeth close down over the bottom teeth so as to make the lower teeth barely visible when smiling is called an overbite. This kind of bite is not ideal and can cause wear on tooth enamel making it susceptible to tooth decay.
When the top teeth sit inside the lower teeth from the front then this is called an underbite. This can be commonly caused by a discrepancy in the growth rate of the upper and lower jaws. We can treat this in children very well when they are young and still growing. In adults this condition will often require surgical intervention in conjunction with the orthodontic treatment.
This type of bite is recognised by the upper teeth biting inside the lower teeth on both sides, one side, or maybe just one tooth is in crossbite. This condition, like the underbite above, is treated relatively easily in children and young adults. If the crossbite occurs on both left and right sides of the mouth and is considered severe then surgical intervention in conjunction with the Orthodontic treatment may be necessary for adult patients.
An openbite becomes obvious when someone smiles. The top and bottom teeth are apart at the front although they touch at the back in an openbite situation. Openbites can be treated easily in both children and adult patients. Invisalign in particularly useful in treating these types of cases.