Common Problems

Orthodontic Treatment in Knoxville, TN

At Myers Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles on a regular basis. Dr. Myers and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to treat every patient on an individual level, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs and lifestyle. We treat a wide variety of orthodontic conditions ranging from mild and simple to severe and remarkably complex - but most dental problems we see fall under a few main categories. We see all of these malocclusions (the orthodontic term for a bad bite) on a daily basis, and we're used to treating each one.

Underbite

Underbite occurs when the lower jaw extends out too far past the upper jaw such that the lower front teeth sit in front of the upper. This condition impairs the function and appearance of the teeth and smile.

Crossbite

This is characterized by the upper teeth sitting inside the lower teeth, and can often lead to tooth stratification and impair jaw growth. Crossbite can cause patients to use their lower jaws incorrectly when chewing or talking, which can often lead to issues like facial asymmetry or TMJ.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

This happens when the upper teeth extend too far forward or the lower teeth don't extend forward far enough, which can impact the appearance and function of your teeth and smile.

Overbite

 Overbite is characterized by the upper front teeth extending out too far over the lower. In extreme cases this can cause the lower teeth to actually bite into the roof of the mouth, but it more commonly causes a "gummy smile," protruding lips, or excessive wear on the incisors.

 

Crowding

 Crowding is the most common reason for patients to get braces, and it happens when there isn't enough room in the gums to fit all the teeth. This can cause crooked teeth, an improper bite, and even periodontal problems or dental decay because it's harder to keep the crooked teeth clean.

 

Spacing

Spacing is the opposite of crowding, characterized by excessive gaps between the teeth. It's often caused by having too much room in the jaw for the erupting teeth and can be treated with braces. 

 

Openbite

 Openbite happens when the upper and lower front teeth don't meet. This can cause problems in chewing, speaking, and proper dental development.

Dental Midlines not Matched

This occurs when the back bite doesn't meet and fit together properly. This can impair both jaw growth and dental function.

Contact Your Knoxville, TN Orthodontist

Have more questions about orthodontic problems or think you may be suffering from one? We can help. Feel free to call us at (865) 687-6560, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at either of our Knoxville, TN offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy new smile!