Common Problems

Bite Problems

Protrusion of Upper
Front Teeth

This type of bite can result from the upper teeth being too far forward or the lower teeth being too far back. Function and aesthetics are affected with this bite.


The upper front teeth cover too much of the lower front teeth. Many times the lower front teeth bite into the roof of the mouth.


This is when the upper teeth fit inside the lower teeth. Often times we see unfavorable jaw growth and excessive tooth wear with untreated crossbites.


The upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. We often see habits and tongue thrusting with this bite. Proper chewing is definitely affected.


This occurs when teeth do not have enough room to erupt. Appropriate expansion can correct crowding; most times without tooth removal.


Most of the time spacing is an aesthetic concern, but sometimes spacing can mean missing teeth.

Dental midlines not matched

This usually indicates that the back bite does not match properly. Function may be negatively affected by this type of malocclusion.

Foods to Avoid

Eating proper foods, minimizing sugar intake and getting enough sleep are essential during orthodontic treatment.

Your braces are precise appliances that can be damaged by eating hard foods. Some soft and sticky foods can cause tooth decay and loosen or dislodge your braces.

How to Care For Your Braces

Brushing with your toothbrush (soft bristles only)


After every meal. If you cannot brush right away, rinse well with water.

Use a dry brush with a small amount of toothpaste. Place bristles where gums and teeth meet.


Use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines. Ten seconds on each tooth.


Brush slowly, each arch separately; every tooth.


Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth too!



Brushing with your toothbrush (soft bristles only)


Nightly after brushing


Use floss threader between gums & braces


Removes plaque toothbrush misses.

Carefully pull unwaxed floss between wire and braces.A floss threader may be helpful.


Floss carefully around the braces.


Floss carefully around the gum area.


Floss carefully around each tooth!


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