We’ve covered quite a bit of ground in our blog posts of late. Most recently, we’ve offered up a few basic tips for improving your oral health care, for flossing, brushing, and dietary choices. Before that, we’ve discussed the best way to choose a local orthodontist, along with highlighting a few of our favorite testimonials we’ve recently received here at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics. Whether you live near Augusta or not, we think you’ll find a few of those blogs to be useful. So at your convenience, don’t hesitate to go back through and find some practical advice regarding orthodontia and dental care!

On we move to today’s blog, where we will be discussing common dental problems and how your orthodontist can help you overcome whatever might be ailing you. So, without further ado, let’s dive into a few issues. We’ll highlight the problem and the likely orthodontic treatment you’ll receive when coming to our Augusta orthodontist office, where we will put our years of experience to good work for you!

Underbite

We all know what an underbite is, but if you hear your orthodontist refer to something as a prognathic lower jaw (mandible) or as a retrognathic upper jaw (maxilla), they are talking about the same thing. In case you don’t know what an underbite is, it’s when one’s upper teeth are situated behind the lower teeth.

Such underbite issues are best treated at a young age, when bone sutures have yet to close completely, making them easier to manipulate by your orthodontist. As you grow older, the upper jaw can not be moved quite so easily.

In terms of treatment, most patients will need to wear a reverse-pull headgear attached to an upper expansion appliance. In some situations, surgery is required, but each patient is different so don’t lose any sleep at that thought!

Openbite

When the upper jaw and lower jaw do not align properly, it’s referred to as an openbite. Openbites can lead to unfortunate habits in children, including thumbsucking. If you are concerned your child has an overbite (or you’ve been told so by your child’s dentist), don’t hesitate to contact us.

Pegged Tooth/Implant

When a lateral incisor that is shaped like a peg, it’s called a pegged tooth. This happens when an incisor doesn’t develop properly, which is somewhat obvious. What is less obvious is the proper treatment for such a concern, and that’s where we come in. We’ll determine if a crown, veneer, or an orthodontic treatment like an implant is the best course of action.

Cleft Palate

Performing cleft palate treatments are some of our favorite procedures to administer. For both our patients and staff, the results are dramatic and rewarding. More specifically, our orthodontic practice will provide treatment that involves the expanding of the palate to a normal width usually followed by bone grafting, usually taking place in two or three stages. We have considerable experience performing cleft palate orthodontic treatments at Rogers & Andrews.

Cuspid Treatment

If a patient is without an upper lateral incisor, we offer tooth-replacement options. Among them include:

  • Bridge the area
  • Place an implant and a crown
  • Move the upper cuspid forward to the lateral incisor position

Impacted Cuspid

If you have an impacted cuspid, it means your tooth is essentially stuck and therefore cannot function properly. Usually, we will use a bonded pad and chain to treat and activate the tooth into the arch of the rest of the teeth. While that might sound slightly confusing, rest easy in the knowledge that modern orthodontic treatments make impacted-cuspid treatments highly likely to be successful.

Crossbite

A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth are nested inside the lower teeth, often leading to misaligned jaw growth and further complications. You can notice a crossbite when someone needs to move their lower jaw either forward or to the side in order to close their mouth. As you could probably guess at this point, early preventative treatment is ideal (but not always possible). Because crossbites can become so severe that they can lead to facial asymmetries, surgery is sometimes necessary in more mature patients.

Third Molar

Also known as wisdom teeth, third molars need to be removed because of insufficient space in the average mouth. Third molars need to be removed early on in life, usually between the ages of 14 and 21. If you need to get your wisdom teeth removed in Augusta Georgia, reach out to us at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics!