Orthodontic Concerns Long Beach, CA

At Garlington Orthodontics, we strive to give all our Long Beach, CA, patients comprehensive treatment for their orthodontic issues. With orthodontics, we diagnose, prevent, and treat irregularities with teeth and jaw alignment. Many of our patients have orthodontic concerns, such as crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, and more. Of course, these issues can affect the look of your smile. However, orthodontic concerns can also have implications for your overall oral health and well-being. 

Whether you are a teen or an adult considering options to enhance your smile, we have treatments available. Our goal is to provide valuable insights and resources on your journey towards a healthier, more confident smile. 

Orthodontic Concerns in Long Beach, CA

Common Orthodontic Concerns in Long Beach, CA

If you have concerns about your teeth, don’t worry. You’re not alone! With the help of Dr. Garlington, we can diagnose the problems with your teeth and find the right options. 

Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth occur when your teeth do not align properly. This can happen for a variety of reasons. For example, thumb sucking, overcrowding, and early loss of baby teeth can cause teeth to develop incorrectly. Also, some people have crooked teeth due to genetics. Having crooked teeth can affect the look of your smile. However, it can also make it difficult for you to clean your teeth properly. As a result, you may be at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. 

To treat crooked teeth, we usually recommend clear aligners like Invisalign. Dr. Garlington will create a customized treatment plan to move your teeth into the correct position gradually. When using Invisalign, you will have a thorough outline of your treatment and potential results. While treatment times vary for each person, your result will be a straighter, healthier smile. 

Deep Bite

A deep bite occurs when the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth when biting down. You can develop this condition due to genetics, thumb sucking, or prolonged use of pacifiers during childhood. With a deep bite, patients can experience jaw pain and even speech difficulties. Also, they may have excessive wear and tear on their front teeth. 

Treatment for a deep bite often involves braces to correct the bite relationship. In severe cases, you may need additional interventions for skeletal issues. Early detection and treatment of a deep bite can prevent more complications. 

Open Bite

With an open bite, the upper and lower front teeth don’t touch when biting down. As a result, there is an “open” gap between them. Tongue thrusting, prolonged bottle or pacifier use, or even genetics can cause this condition. An open bite can affect chewing and speech patterns. Also, a patient can develop jaw joint problems over time. 

Orthodontic intervention is crucial to move teeth into the right place. For some patients, they may need surgery to correct underlying skeletal issues. These patients can greatly benefit from early intervention. 

Overbite

An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth vertically. The lower teeth are covered more than usual when biting down. While a slight overbite is normal, excessive overbites can lead to jaw pain, tooth wear, and speech issues. 

Dr. Garlington may suggest clear aligners. In some cases, patients may also need rubber bands or headgear to assist in bite correction. 

Underbite

When the lower front teeth protrude past the upper front teeth when biting down, we call it an underbite. There are several ways you can develop an underbite, including genetics, jaw growth issues, or thumb sucking. An underbite can affect chewing, facial aesthetics, and overall oral health. 

To treat an underbite, we may use a combination of orthodontic treatment and surgery to move the teeth and jaws into the proper position.